- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) - A Chesapeake judge has denied a woman’s request to withdraw her pleas in a homicide case and have a jury trial instead.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1Goz5FY ) reports 40-year-old Airika Liljegren told the judge she felt pressured when she entered Alford pleas in January to first-degree murder and concealing the body of her boyfriend’s mother, Cindy Jensen-Ellett.

In an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for conviction but doesn’t admit guilt.

Circuit Judge John Brown denied her request Thursday. He says Liljegren was regretting her plea after seeing her boyfriend Ryan Martinez enter an Alford plea to the first-degree murder of his mother’s boyfriend and then receive a 53-year sentence.

Liljegren is scheduled to be sentenced July 27. She faces a maximum of life in prison plus five years.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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