CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A Merrillville teen has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of voluntary manslaughter in the July slaying of an 80-year-old Gary high school teacher.
The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/JFmIZc) that 17-year-old Royal Marshall will be sentenced to 30 years in prison if Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez accepts his plea agreement in the death of Anna Schulz in her Merrillville home. A sentencing hearing is set for June 28.
Marshall told the judge Friday that he cut the woman's neck with a knife while fleeing officers investigating a burglary.
In exchange for Marshall's plea, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges of murder, murder in the perpetration of a robbery, robbery and auto theft.
Schulz taught special education to students with mild disabilities at the time of her death.
Information from: The Times, http://nwitimes.com