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Woman pleads guilty to trying to kill her granddaughter

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Angela Terri Lynch, 45, of Christiansburg, Va.

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.