NM teen pleads no contest in foster mother's death

Posted at: 12/18/2012 1:38 PM
Updated at: 12/18/2012 2:05 PM
By: The Associated Press


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A 16-year-old girl has pleaded no contest to first-degree murder and other charges in the 2011 death of her foster mother.

The attorney for Desiree Linares of Roswell told the Albuquerque Journal that his client will be sentenced as a juvenile under terms of the plea agreement and will be kept in the custody of the Department of Children, Youth and Families until she reaches the age of 21.

Linares and another girl were accused in the asphyxiation death of 53-year-old Evelyn Miranda of Hondo Valley in June 2011.

Both girls were 15 years old at the time.

Linares pleaded no contest on Thursday to first-degree murder, kidnapping and other charges.

The trial for the other teen charged in the case, Alexis Shields of Mescalero, is scheduled for August.

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