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Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 2:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 2:09 PM
BELLFONTAINE — A Bellefontaine woman admitted killing her three sons and was sentenced to 37 years to life in prison after pleading guilty during a hearing Tuesday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.
Brittany Pilkington pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of murder as part of a plea deal.
A recommended sentencing of 37 years to life was approved.
Pilkington was sentenced to 15 years to life for each count of murder and seven years for involuntary manslaughter.
Her defense team said that test results showed Pilkington’s brain has damage from severe abuse and childhood lead poisoning.
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NOW:— Jenna Lawson WHIO (@JLawsonWHIO) November 19, 2019
Pilkington’s attorney is now speaking to judge ahead of sentence.
He mentions test results showing Pilkington’s brain damage from severe abuse and childhood lead poisoning.
‘It doesn’t excuse her conduct, but by God, it does explain it’@whiotv @WHIORadio @springfieldnews pic.twitter.com/mscsZeTIVJ
Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart also addressed the court, saying he considered what her sons would want him to say for them.
“I can’t even imagine what they’d want me to say,” he said.
Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart up next.— Jenna Lawson WHIO (@JLawsonWHIO) November 19, 2019
When thinking about what Pilkington’s sons would want him to say in this moment >>
“I can’t even imagine what they’d want me to say.”@whiotv @WHIORadio @springfieldnews pic.twitter.com/Cky1ChwNTI
Pilkington was accused of smothering her three sons, Niall, Gavin and Noah, to death over a 13-month period.