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Hutchinson woman wants to change plea in mother’s strangulation death

December 8, 2010

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— A Hutchinson woman will get a hearing on Friday to consider her request to withdraw a no-contest plea in her mother's 1998 death.

Thirty-year-old Tracie Miles filed a motion earlier this year seeking to withdraw her plea and asking for a new trial.

Miles was 17 when she and her 19-year-old boyfriend, Paul Nelson, were arrested in the strangulation death of Miles' mother, Sandra Kay Miles. Her body was found March 30, 1998, in her Hutchinson home.

Miles and Nelson are serving sentences of 25 years with no chance of parole after pleading no contest to intentional first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and forgery.

The Hutchinson News reported Tuesday that Miles argued in her motion that she made the plea after being threatened by Nelson. She also alleges her attorney coerced her into signing the plea deal.

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