Hutchinson Woman Wants To Change Plea In Mother's Death

By: Associated Press & KAKE News Email
By: Associated Press & KAKE News Email

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March 4, 2010

A Hutchinson teenager is seeking to withdraw her no contest plea in the 1998 death of her mother.

Reno County District Attorney Keith Schroeder confirmed Wednesday that 29-year-old Tracie Miles has filed a court motion to withdraw her plea.

Miles was 17 when she and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Paul Nelson, were charged in the death of Miles' mother, Sandra Kay Miles. Her body was found March 30, 1998, in her Hutchinson home, beaten and strangled.

The two pleaded no contest to intentional first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and forgery, and received "hard 25" sentences in 1999.

Hutchinson defense attorney Sam Kepfield has been assigned to the case. He told KAKE News it could take several months before a hearing is scheduled to decide if the withdrawal is appropriate.

District Attorney Schroeder said he believed Miles was suffering from what he described as "buyers remorse."

Miles is currently serving time out-of-state at a New Mexico prison. If a judge were to allow the plea withdrawal, Miles would be scheduled for a jury trial on charges stemming from the 1998 case.

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