A woman from central Minnesota faces as much as 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to fatally bludgeoning her father in the head with a maul, an ax-like tool, and then fleeing the state.
Lisa May Kearney, 40, admitted in Stearns County District Court to second-degree murder in the death in early January 2016 of 66-year-old Jeffrey Schilling in the St. Cloud home they shared. She was arrested several days later in Kentucky.
The plea deal calls for a term ranging from slightly more than 23 years to 30 years, with the first two-thirds served in prison and the balance on supervised release. Prosecutors said they intend to seek the high end of that range at sentencing on Nov. 30. Kearney remains jailed in the meantime.
Neighbors told authorities that Kearney and her father had a strained relationship.