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Maryland man gets 40 years for killing his aunt

November 11, 2019 GMT

ELKTON, Md. (AP) — A 26-year-old Maryland man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing his aunt.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports Jacob Michael Johnston was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Johnston was arrested in October 2018 days after 60-year-old Karen Johnston Colclough was found unresponsive by relatives.

Authorities say relatives hadn’t heard from Colclough in “some time” when they went to check on her at her Elkton home. WMAR-TV reports charging documents say responding authorities found Colclough lying in a pool of blood.

Documents say a bloody baseball bat, shovel and bottle of bleach were found nearby, and Colclough’s home appeared to have been ransacked. Court records suggest Colclough had texted her brother and said that Johnston had asked her for cash, but she declined.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com