Updated: September 1, 2013 6:27AM
A Mokena woman who stabbed her mother to death in 2010 was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison, her attorneys said.
Gaye Wern, 61, pleaded guilty last week to the second-degree murder of her 89-year-old mother, Tresa McCauley, on Feb. 15, 2010 in McCauley’s condo in the 19500 block of 116th Avenue. Wern went to the Mokena police station to confess hours after the stabbing, authorities said. Police found her mother’s body in a bathtub with multiple stab wounds to her torso.
Wern, who was divorced and had a history of mental illness, had been living with her mother for about six months and had no prior criminal history, officials said at the time.
“Judge (Robert) Livas showed great compassion and wisdom,” said Frank Cservenyak, one of Wern’s attorneys.
The sentence was “very fair” and “properly reflects” the seriousness of the matter and takes her mental illness into account, he said.
Wern will be evaluated and treated for mental illness while incarcerated.
Cservenyak said he presented nine letters from Wern’s family and friends about how “out of character” this was for Wern.
“This is so unusual. I have never seen anything like it,” Cservenyak said.
For two years after her release, Wern will have to report to a parole officer to make sure she is maintaining a clean lifestyle.
“That will not be a problem,” Cservenyak said.
Susan DeMar Lafferty