Middletown mom who killed her son gets life in prison with chance at parole in 21 years

MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown woman who killed her 6-year-old son James Hutchinson earlier this year learned her sentence this morning.

Brittany Gosney was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison and must register for the state’s violent offender registry for 10 years after her release from prison if she is able to get parole.

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She pleaded guilty to murdering her son and then trying to cover up his murder.

“James was a member of our Rosa Parks Panther family for a very short time. While was small, he touched all of our hearts with his red hair and his bright eyes,” said Rosa Parks Elementary Principal Tracy Neeley in court this morning. “He loved to help others. He was a friend and he was a bright light. Very seldom did he not have a smile on his face. And that light was extinguished too soon by his own mother.”

Gosney will get her first chance at parole in 21 years.

Her boyfriend, James Hamilton, also admitted to helping Gosney try and cover up the murder.

Hamilton’s sentencing is set for October 4.

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“It absolutely is justice (for Hutchinson),” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said during a news conference.

He further explained that the guilty plea required a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

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