|Undated handout photo of Stacey Joy Bourdeaux.
CALGARY — The local mother who attempted to murder one son 5 1/2 years after killing another was handed the equivalent of a 13-year prison term Friday.
With credit for time already spent in custody, Stacey Joy Bourdeaux must serve another nine years and seven months, Judge Terry Semenuk ruled.
In a written ruling, Semenuk said there were several aggravating factors warranting a prison term in excess of the eight to 10 years proposed by defence lawyer Katherin Beyak.
"In this case, not only were the victims because of their age vulnerable, they were attacked by their mother in the sanctity of the family home," he said.
That there is more than one victim is another aggravating factor, the judge said.
Semenuk handed Bourdeaux a four-year term for manslaughter in the Dec. 27, 2004, death of her 10-month-old son, Sean Fewer.
In May 2010, Bourdeaux attempted to kill a second son, whom QMI Agency isn't naming, who was five years old at the time.
She was handed an eight-year term for attempted murder and an additional year for failing to get her son medical assistance after trying to strangle him.
The boy isn't expected to live much longer.
Crown attorney Janice Rea had sought a total prison term of 18 years.
At an earlier court appearance, Bourdeaux expressed sorrow for smothering her 10-month-old son to death and trying to kill his younger brother.
"I know that the past can never be erased, but I hope some day I'll have an explanation for what I have done," Bourdeaux said, as she dabbed away tears with a tissue.
"Please forgive me so that I can forgive myself," she told Semenuk.
"Because of my selfishness, Sean never even got to (reach) his first birthday," she said.
"I can't imagine what (my surviving son) goes through on a day-to-day basis," Bourdeaux said at the conclusion of sentencing submissions in her case.
"I'm very sorry for trying to take his life, I don't know why I did it."