- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to charges he strangled his mother to death during a suspected argument two years ago.

The Republican-American reports (https://bit.ly/2hQ0tCp ) 20-year-old Elijah Johnson, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty Wednesday under the Alford doctrine, meaning he doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledges there’s enough evidence for a conviction.

Under the deal, Johnson is expected to receive a mandatory-minimum sentence of 25 years behind bars. He will be sentenced on Feb. 17.

Authorities say 44-year-old Kacy Austin was found dead in the second-floor bedroom of her home in January 2014 in Waterbury. Her death was initially considered “untimely” but a medical examiner found she died from compression of the neck.

Police say an investigation found that the then-17-year-old Johnson killed his mom during an argument about using her vehicle.


Information from: Republican-American, https://www.rep-am.com

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