FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Virginia woman was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to charges that she kidnapped her 5-year-old granddaughter and tried to kill her in a Winston-Salem hotel room.
Angela Terri Lynch, 45, of Christiansburg, Va., pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.
A doctor said Lynch had a psychotic disorder, and her attorney said Lynch believed she was saving her granddaughter from a life of misery.
Judge Gary Gavenus of Forsyth Superior Court recommended Lynch receive psychiatric and psychological counseling in prison. Gavenus also ordered her to register as a sex offender after she is released because Lynch physically abused a minor child.
Prosecutor Jennifer Martin told Gavenus that Lynch tried to kill her granddaughter on May 25-26, 2011, then tried to commit suicide.
Read more: The Winston-Salem Journal.