OTTAWA (AP) An Ohio man who withdrew a guilty plea after serving part of a life sentence for drowning his 1-year-old son was found guilty in a Putnam County jury trial and has been sentenced again.
A judge in Ottawa on Monday sentenced Michael Luebrecht to 20 years to life in prison after he was found guilty of aggravated murder.
Luebrecht and his attorney argued that medications he took for mental health issues contributed to the 2005 killing. Luebrecht testified that he didnt remember much in the months before his son Joels death, but said he recalls killing the child.
Luebrecht was given a life sentence in 2006 after pleading guilty to picking up his son from the babysitter, taking him home and drowning him in the bathtub.
In November, Luebrecht filed an appeal to change his plea to not guilty after the side effects of medications he was on at the time of the murder were discovered.
After hearing expert testimony, Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger granted the appeal and Luebrechts request for a jury trial.