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Woman gets 12½ to 25 years after plea in grandmother’s death

February 24, 2020 GMT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A woman has been sentenced to 12½ to 25 years in the stabbing and beating death of her grandmother almost two years ago in suburban Philadelphia.

Thirty-two-year-old Nicole Cadwalader offered a tearful apology Monday in a Montgomery County courtroom as she pleaded guilty but mentally ill to third-degree murder.

Prosecutors said she walked into a police department in June 2018 and said she had killed 68-year-old Sharon Burke, who was found dead on the bedroom floor of her Ambler home. Prosecutors said the victim had been stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife and struck with a pan and baseball bat.

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Cadwalader said Monday she will always miss the victim, whom authorities said she had called a “wretched, evil woman” after the slaying.

Defense attorney Carrie Allman said the defendant has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and is “incredibly remorseful, now that she understands what happened.”