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Md. man pleads guilty in W.Va. to killing mother

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 11:27am  ET

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to felony murder stemming from the death of his mother during a robbery in West Virginia.

Media outlets report that 35-year-old Joshua Stitley of Hancock, Md., entered his plea Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. He also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and malicious assault.

Prosecutors say Stitley and co-defendant Roy L. Wisotzkey of Hagerstown, Md., broke into the Falling Waters home of Stitley's mother, 57-year-old Vickie Clem, on May 26, 2011, to rob her and her husband, Jack W. Clem.

Vickie Clem was fatally beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed. Jack Clem was stabbed but survived.

Wisotzkey was convicted in August on felony murder, robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges.

Stitley's plea came a day before he was scheduled to stand trial.


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