Kehoe sentencing today

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 15, 2009 7:30 AM

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The Coralville woman convicted of killing one of her sons and attempting to kill the other will be sentenced today.

Michelle Kehoe, 36, was convicted of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and child endangerment causing injury on Nov. 17. Her sentencing will be at the Buchanan County Courthouse at 1:30 p.m.

Kehoe faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Public defender Andrea Dryer had argued at trial that Kehoe lacked the mental capacity to tell right from wrong. But the jury found Kehoe knew her actions were wrong when she drove her children to a remote spot near Littleton, Iowa, in October 2008.

Kehoe bound both boys with duct tape before cutting their necks. Sean, 7, survived; 2-year-old Seth didn’t. Kehoe then slashed her own neck before stumbling to a nearby home to ask for help.

— by Regina Zilbermints

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