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Mother Admits To Killing Her Son 

Tracey Zetzsche pleaded guilty to killing her son.

The mother of a Commack High School graduate has admitted to killing her son last summer, the Albany County DA’s office announced Sept. 12.

Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares said 53-year-old Tracey Zetzsche, of Westerlo, N.Y. pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter before Albany County Court Judge Stephen Herrick on Sept. 12.

She admitted to killing 22-year-old Gabriel “Gabe” Philby-Zetzsche, a 2009 Commack graduate who had cerebral palsy, by stabbing him and repeatedly hitting him with a hammer. Autopsy results indicated Philby-Zetzsche was killed by a stab wound to the chest and multiple skull fractures caused by blunt force trauma sometime between July 26 and July 30 in the Westerlo apartment he shared with his mother.

Philby-Zetzsche’s body was discovered by his aunt after she grew concerned upon finding his mother on the back porch very upset and mentioning something was wrong with her son. His lifeless body was found lying on his bedroom floor and covered in blood on July 30, 2012.

Zetzsche faces up to 20 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision when she is sentenced on Nov. 1.

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