Ohio teen pleads in stabbing death of friend’s mother

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The teen earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but in February was found competent to stand trial

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — A teenage girl has pleaded guilty in the stabbing death of her friend’s mother in Ohio last year.

The Springfield News-Sun reports that the girl, who was 15 at the time of the May 2019 attack in New Carlisle, was charged with murder and attempted murder. She pleaded guilty to both counts Thursday in Clark County Common Pleas Court.

The teen will be sentenced July 10 and faces 15 years to life on the murder charge and 11 to 16½ years on the attempted murder count. She is to serve her time in adult prison after a finding that “there was not sufficient time to rehabilitate” her in the juvenile system.

The teen earlier pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but in February was found competent to stand trial.

Her friend, who was 13 at the time of the slaying and is now 14, is awaiting trial as a juvenile. The older girl’s plea agreement calls on her to testify if the younger girl’s case goes to trial.

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