Elmhurst woman who drugged son, attempted suicide sentenced to 20 years

Elmhurst, IL

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Cheryl Luchetta

The Elmhurst mother who tried to poison her 7-year-old son before a suicide attempt last summer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Cheryl Luchetta appeared in court Monday, where she said she is “deeply sorry” before the judge handed down the sentence, according to media reports.

In June 2011, Luchetta, 42, gave her son a potentially lethal combination of Valium, Diazepam and Tylenol PM, and afterward she cut her own throat and passed out. When she awoke early the next morning, she called 911.

Police arrived to find the boy conscious but unresponsive and Luchetta covered in blood. At first, she told authorities an intruder had entered the home, attacked her and drugged her son.

In sentencing, the judge underscored Luchetta’s initial false statements. On Monday, an Elmhurst police officer testified that Luchetta told him that she wanted to kill herself but did not want her estranged husband to get custody of their son, the Daily Herald reported.

During the sentencing, Judge Daniel Guerin was sympathetic to Luchetta’s reported mental health issues, according to media reports, but not enough to grant much leniency in sentencing.

Prosecutors had asked for a 25-year sentence, just shy of the 30-year maximum. Luchetta’s attorney had asked for an eight-year sentence, citing as a mitigating factor Luchetta’s depression caused by her parents’ deaths in 2010.

Luchetta pleaded guilty in June in a deal with prosecutors to dismiss attempted murder charges. She must serve 85 percent of her sentence before being eligible for parole.

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