Troy Mother Sent To Prison For 13 Years After Death Of Infant Son

BELFAST, Maine (WABI) - A woman from Troy convicted of killing her infant son found out Wednesday how long she'll spend behind bars.

32-year-old Miranda Hopkins was sentenced Wednesday morning in Belfast.

Miranda Hopkins will spend 13 years in prison with four years of probation. She was found guilty of manslaughter last month in the death of her 7-week-old son.

She has been free on bail since the trial.

We have reaction from friends and family after the judge's decision Wednesday.

"She is a person ultimately who is already experiencing an unimaginable, horrific punishment. and, essentially she has a life sentence to that punishment which is the death of her baby and the loss of her children and she will live with that until she dies," explained a friend of Hopkins.

Emotions ran high in the courtroom as Miranda Hopkins was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

A jury last month convicted her of manslaughter.

Her 7-week-old son, Jaxson, died in January of blunt force trauma to the head.

Hopkins says she drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana the night of her baby's death and admitted during trial she does not remember what happened the night of January 11th.

The State is satisfied with the judges decision.

"The state is very pleased with the sentence that the court handed down today," said Assistant District Attorney, Leane Zainea. "A sentence of 18 years to the Department of Corrections with all but 13 years suspended really reflects on how these injuries to Jaxson were inflicted and the catastrophic nature of the injuries that he sustained."

Hopkins' attorneys argued for a lesser sentence, saying she has no previous criminal background and she's not likely to appear in court ever again.

As for an appeal, they're thinking about it.

"Well of course, we're disappointed. It was a long and emotional case," explained Defense Attorney, Christopher Maclean. "The trial was really conducted in a pretty clean way and I have done a lot of trials over the years and sometimes I know that there is some really good issues on appeal and in this case the judge really ruled in our favor on a lot of issues along the way."

Hopkins did address the court.

"I just want to say that I'm sorry and I want to thank my family and friends standing behind me," said Miranda Hopkins in front of the judge.

Hopkins' lawyers asked the judge if she could spend the holiday with her family due to her father being ill. The judge accepted her request and she will start her sentence in a couple weeks.

She is expected to turn herself into the jail at 9:00 a.m. on December 26th.