Murray man sentenced to 20 years for killing mom

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - A Murray man who pleaded guilty but mentally ill to manslaughter in the stabbing death of his mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Murray Ledger & Times reports Calloway County Circuit Judge Dennis Foust handed down the sentence on Friday to 34-year-old Michael Joseph Burke.

Burke had been originally charged with murder in the July 2012 attack on his mother, 55-year-old Karen McClellan, at his home.

According to his plea agreement, Burke must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.

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