Girl pleads guilty to plotting mom's death with boyfriend
ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP):
A 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl accused of plotting with her soldier boyfriend to kill her mother pleaded guilty last Thursday, in a deal with prosecutors.
Jamie Silvonek will be sentenced to 35 years to life in prison, the Lehigh County District Attorney's office said.
As part of the deal, Silvonek pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, criminal conspiracy, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with evidence. She will be eligible for parole after serving 35 years.
Silvonek, who was charged as an adult, was accused of conspiring with 21-year-old army special Caleb Barnes via text to kill her mother in the driveway of her home near Allentown last March after the three returned from a concert.
Barnes stabbed the 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek, then he and the teenager ate at a restaurant and went shopping for gloves, bleach and other cleaning supplies, authorities said.
Barnes' trial is set for April 11. He is charged with homicide, abuse of a corpse, tampering with physical evidence, and conspiracy.
Authorities said Barnes and Jamie Silvonek met in October 2014, when she was 13, but she told him she was 17.
Cheryl Silvonek found out about their relationship in early March 2015, and ordered them to end it, according to court documents. A day later, the teenager told Barnes she wanted her parents dead, the documents said.
Police found Cheryl Silvonek's body in a shallow grave a few miles from the Silvonek home. The victim's blood-soaked car was found nearby.