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Hanover mom sentenced to 25 years for trying to kill kids


A judge sentenced a Hanover mother to 25 years in prison Thursday for attacking her son with an ax, then setting her house on fire to try and kill her three children.

Kimberly Shepperson, 30, pleaded guilty to several charges, including attempted capital murder, in October of last year. Shepperson could have received up to life in prison and prosecutors had asked for her to serve 65 years, but the judge opted for a lower sentence.

In court documents, Shepperson claimed she took the drastic actions back in October of 2012 following a bout with depression and a bitter custody battle. She confessed to drugging her child, before attacking him with an ax and setting their house on fire, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The affidavit shows police were called by Shepperson saying she was trapped in the bathroom with two of her children because of a fire. Shepperson and her two other children escaped through the bathroom window. The deputy that arrived at the home saw smoke and went inside. An 11-year-old boy was found in his bedroom.

When the deputy brought the boy outside, he noticed several lacerations on his body. While at VCU Medical Center, investigators say they questioned Shepperson, and she confessed to attacking the 11-year-old with an ax with the intent to kill him. She said she also gave him Temazepam, a prescription narcotic to put him to sleep. She then hid the ax under the bed in the master bedroom.

Shepperson also confessed to starting two fires in the house: one in the boys bedroom using paper and a shirt, and another in the master bedroom with diapers, with the intent to cause death.

Shepperson testified in court, apologizing to her son and saying she still loves him.

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