Mother pleads no contest to killing young sons
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman accused of setting fires that killed her two sons has pleaded no contest to murder charges.
The Journal reports the plea means 30-year-old Molly Jo Delgado of Martinsburg neither disputes nor admits to the two murder charges, but agrees prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.
A criminal complaint says Delgado lit fires on the beds of 5-year-old Justin Delgado and 3-year-old Delmar Delgado on Jan. 24, 2017, locked their door from the outside and left.
The newspaper reports the plea agreement reached Tuesday calls for a jury to decide the issue of mercy. An individual serving a life sentence with mercy would be eligible for parole after 15 years.
The jury trial is scheduled for March 4.
Information from: The Journal, http://journal-news.net/