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Woman pleads guilty in stabbing death of her mother

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
June 30, 2010 12:02 pm

A 21-year-old woman accused of stabbing her mother to death last year during an argument over living arrangements pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Laura Jennette Jonston pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder with a knife, deputy prosecutor Phil Sorensen reported. She faces 12 to 20 years in prison when she’s sentenced Aug. 19.

Prosecutors had accused Jonston of killing her 60-year-oldĀ  mother, Shirley Miluk, Feb. 20, 2009, in Miluk’s apartment on 153rd Avenue Court East. Miluk had been stabbed at least nine times.

She was found after another daughter asked Sumner police to check on Miluk’s welfare. Officers later tracked down Jonston, who had lived in Miluk’s apartment with her young child, court documents state.

Jonston told investigators she and her mother had argued after Miluk decided to kick Jonston out. The argument turned physical.

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