Daughter gets 40 years for murdering mom

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM.

“This was a heinous and atrocious thing,” said Patterson. “There’s been different conflicting stories and statements why. It’s in there somewhere what’s the truth.”

He said the prosecutors’ office agreed to the four-decade-long incarceration, of which Conkel will have to serve at least 85 percent, because “it seems most likely a life sentence.

“It had to do with the defendant’s age and the length of incarceration and what we felt was it was most likely a life sentence,” he said. “It gives her some semblance of hope.”

Conkel has been in the Franklin County Jail for a little over a year. She has gained considerable weight during that time, when a craving for illegal street drugs is believed to have influenced the crime.

Conkel was taken to Lowell Annex and now awaits transfer to a women’s facility. She is slated for release on Dec. 4, 2052



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