Gigi Jordan poisoned her son in a luxury New York City hotel in February 2010

By Tiare Dunlap
May 28, 2015 08:20 PM
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Gigi Jordan, a former pharmaceutical executive and New York socialite, was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison after being convicted in the poisoning death of her autistic 8-year-old son.

She faced five to 25 years at her sentencing, CBS New York reports.

In October, Jordan, 54, told CBS New York that she served her son, Jude, a poisonous cocktail of prescription drugs, vodka and juice in a luxury suite at New York’s Peninsula Hotel in February 2010 out of “a mother’s love.”

Jordan claimed she killed Jude to save him from further sexual abuse by his biological father, Emil Tzekov. Tzekov denied these claims and was never charged.

“I wanted him to be safe and at peace at any cost,” she told the news station, adding that she attempted to take her own life after her son’s.

In November, a jury accepted her lawyer’s claim that she was in a state of “extreme emotional disturbance” at the time of the act. She was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter.

At the time of sentencing, Jordan addressed judge Charles Solomon saying, “I’ll live with guilt for the rest of my life every day. Not one day goes by that I don t remember his beautiful face and his pain,” 1010 WINS reported.

Solomon said he didn’t believe anything Jordan said, WCBS 880 reported. He added that there was no credible evidence that the child was ever sexually abused and affirmed his belief that Jordan couldn’t accept her son’s autism.

“She had all the money in the world to help Jude,” Solomon said. “Instead, she took his life.”

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