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Mar 15, 2013 2:38 PM

Murray Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Mother

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - A Murray man has pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to first-degree manslaughter to stabbing his mother more than 25 times and killing her.

The Paducah Sun reported that 34-year-old Michael Joseph Burke entered the plea Friday afternoon in Calloway County Court.

Burke had been charged with murder in the July attack on his mother, 55-year-old Karen McClellan, at his home.

The charge carries a recommended sentence of 20 years. Judge Dennis Foust set sentencing for April 12.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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