Kansas Woman Says She Didn't Understand Murder Plea

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Hutchinson woman is seeking to withdraw the plea she made more than a decade ago in the death of her mother.

Tracie Lynn Miles testified Monday that she didn't understand the consequences of her no contest plea in the 1998 death of her mother, Sandra Miles, in Hutchinson. She says her attorney did not give her good advice.

Miles and her boyfriend, Paul Nelson, both pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in Sandra Miles' strangulation and bludgeoning death.

The Hutchinson News reports Miles, who was 18 when she pleaded, said she incorrectly believed that she might face the death penalty if she didn't plead. She also believed she would be released from prison after 25 years.

A Reno County judge said she would issue a ruling by Friday.


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