- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A Grand Junction man who killed his mother during an argument over a cigarette has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The Daily Sentinel reports (https://goo.gl/CPEy1t ) 32-year-old Daniel Stetzel was sentenced Monday after previously pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Kathleen Stetzel. Her body was found dumped in the desert in July 2014.

Daniel Stetzel pleaded guilty in October, telling the judge he is on medication for paranoid schizophrenia and that he does not hear voices as frequently as he once did. He acknowledged killing his mother after she became upset that he took a cigarette off a table at the family home.

Daniel Stetzel spent 10 months at a mental health institution before being deemed competent to stand trial in September.

Kathleen Stetzel was stabbed twice in the neck and was strangled.



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