- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 19-year-old Des Moines man has entered a plea that will see him sent to prison for beating his grandmother to death in the home they shared.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/2o7iq2Q ) that Noah John LaPrei entered an Alford plea Wednesday to second-degree murder in the death of 79-year-old Rachel Pray. Police say they found the woman dead in her home after she reportedly called her son around 11 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2015, to say LaPrei had attacked her. Pray had been LaPrei’s legal guardian after his mother was hit and killed by a car in 2011.

LaPrei must serve a prison sentence, but a plea agreement allows attorneys to present arguments regarding the length of the sentence and whether any mandatory minimum sentence applies.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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