Kingman murder suspect changes his plea
A Kingman man charged with killing his mother in December pleaded guilty Monday in Mohave County Superior Court to reduced charges including manslaughter.
Robert Larue Brown Jr., who was arrested in California in January, had been charged with felony second-degree murder and vehicle theft.
Brown is charged with the strangulation death of his mother, Cecilia Gloria Antipala, between Dec.
24 and Dec.
Mohave County sheriff's deputies discovered Antipala's body Jan.
8 rolled in a rug in the bedroom of her Butler home.
Brown, 29, was arrested four days later in Long Beach, Calif., while driving in his mother's stolen car.
Brown pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of manslaughter and vehicle theft.
Judge Richard Weiss could sentence Brown to seven to 21 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and two to eight and three-quarter years in prison for the vehicle theft charge.
Under the plea agreement, both sentences will run concurrent or at the same time.
The most Brown could be sentence to is 21 years in prison.
Weiss is expected to sentence Brown June 27.
Deputy Mohave County Attorney Jace Zack said if Brown was tried and convicted of second-degree murder, the most time he would be sentenced to was 22 years in prison.
There is also a chance a jury could have convicted him of manslaughter anyway if Brown could have convinced the jury that the crime was done in a sudden heat of passion, Zack said.
Brown is being held on $135,000 bond.
Antipala's other son living in Florida called his mother's home Christmas Day and again on her birthday, Dec.
She did not answer her phone either day.
The other son first contacted the Mohave County Sheriff's Office after the first of the year.
The sheriff was called again Jan.
8 and deputies entered Antipala's home where they found Antipala's body, according to sheriff's office records.
Antipala, 56, had rented the singlewide mobile home in the 3200 block of Potter Avenue for about two years, and Brown lived with her on and off for about a year.