- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - A woman will spend no more than four years in prison under a plea agreement in which she admits giving her chronically ill mother a fatal injection of a painkiller.

Thirty-one-year-old Amanda Kay Pratt has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide under the agreement that Delaware Circuit Judge Marianne Vorhees has taken under advisement. Vorhees has tentatively set sentencing for Jan. 4.

A charging document filed in April alleged Pratt “did recklessly kill another human being,” 54-year-old Penny S. Kerry, on Feb. 7, The Star Press reported (http://tspne.ws/1LRf9bb ).

Under questioning in court Wednesday from public defender Mike Quirk, Pratt said her mother suffered from chronic illnesses and would “lie in bed and cry and moan” after she was no longer able to receive prescriptions for pain medications from her doctor.

Quirk said Kerry began obtaining controlled substances, apparently illegally, and injecting herself with those drugs.

“She asked you to (inject the substances) that day?” he asked Pratt.

“Yes,” responded Pratt, who appeared to be fighting back tears.

Delaware County Coroner Scott Hahn determined Kerry’s death was an accident that was caused by acute methamphetamine poisoning.

Pratt was arrested three days after her mother’s death when police raided a house and found methamphetamine, materials used to make it and a prescription drug.

Pratt also told Vorhees in court that she was a heroin abuser.

The plea agreement also calls for Pratt to plead guilty to an unrelated count of forgery. The forgery charge alleges Pratt forged and cashed a check for $180.82 at a local supermarket in June. Police said the check had been stolen from a home.

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Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com

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