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Girl pleads guilty to murder in foster mom's death

Updated: 12/03/2013 2:50 PM | Created: 12/03/2013 11:10 AM
By: The Associated Press

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - One of two teenage girls accused of killing their foster mother in southern New Mexico in 2011 now faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree felony murder.
    
Alexis Shields pleaded guilty Monday in state District Court in Alamogordo under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
    
Shields is now 17 years old. She was 15 when 53-year-old Evelyn Miranda was found dead at her San Patricio home on June 8, 2011.
    
The Alamogordo Daily News
reports that the other girl's case is on hold pending an evaluation for competency to stand trial.
    
The girls were accused of stealing Miranda's car, cellphone and computer. They were captured at a friend's home in Carlsbad.
    
However, the plea agreement with Shields included dismissal of various other charges against her.

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Alexis Shields sits in court on Monday. She pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of her foster mother, Evelyn Miranda, 53.
Photo: John Bear/Alamogordo Daily News

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