A 59-year-old Chicago grandmother was sentenced to 50 years in prison in the stabbing death of a neighbor in a crime she says she doesn't remember.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Phyllis Carpenter was sentenced Monday in the death of 60-year-old Benjamin Cole. Carpenter claims the man tried to rape her on the morning of Aug. 2, 2006.
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Defense attorney Julie Koehler says Carpenter doesn't remember hurting Cole because she went into a dissociative state due to trauma suffered when she was raped as a child.
However, prosecutors told jurors Carpenter knew what she was doing and may have killed Cole to get money to feed a drug habit.
Koehler says Carpenter, who suffers a variety of ailments, will probably die in prison, adding the women's conviction will be appealed.