Mom gets life sentence in newborn's death

May 13, 2011 1:40:45 PM PDT
A 27-year-old mother who strangled her newborn daughter with a pair of panties minutes after giving birth in a bathroom has been sentenced to life in prison. Claudia Cortes was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of murder in the 2007 death of her child. She will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Through a translator, the woman asked state District Judge Michael McSpadden to forgive her and spare her the life sentence. McSpadden said he saw no mitigating circumstances that could reduce the sentence.

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