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Tacoma man pleads guilty to killing mother, stuffing her body into crawl space

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on March 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
March 3, 2011 3:25 pm

A Tacoma man pleaded guilty today to murdering his 65-year-old mother and is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole under the state’s “three strikes, you’re out” law.

Thomas Al Bienville, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder in the spring 2010 death of Laurinda Hughes. He’s to be sentenced March 30.

He already has two strikes in an attempted second-degree rape conviction and a second-degree assault conviction. The second-degree murder conviction will be his third.

Hughes was found shot to death in the crawl space of her home in the 1700 block of East 64th Street on April 28. Bienville and his wife, Austa Marie Bienville, were identified as suspects and later arrested in Miami.

Austa Bienville, 32, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the case. She remains jailed while awaiting a June trial date.

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