Desiree Linares and Alexis Shields were both fifteen when they murdered their foster mother. According to court documents Desiree Linares and Alexis Shields would tie up their foster mother and smother her with a pillow. When police arrive they found the two teenage killers gone with the victims wallet, van and laptop were missing. Desiree Linares was found incompetent and unable to stand trial. This teen killer was convicted and sentenced to thirty years in prison however seventeen of it was suspended.
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A 17-year-old girl who admitted killing her foster mother in her southern New Mexico home now faces about 10 years in prison.
A judge on Wednesday sentenced Alexis Shields to 30 years in prison but suspended 17 years of the sentence.
According to the Alamogordo Daily News, the remaining 13 years of the sentence will be reduced by the 999 days that Shields has spent in custody since Evelyn Miranda was killed in June 2011.
Shields pleaded guilty in December to first-degree felony murder of Miranda, who was found dead in her San Patricio home.
A co-defendant, who also was 15 when Miranda was killed, awaits trial in the case.
Authorities say the girls stole Miranda’s car, cellphone and computer. They were captured at a friend’s home in Carlsbad.
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One of two teenage girls accused of killing their foster mother in 2011 faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree felony murder.
Alexis Shields, 17, entered her plea Monday in state District Court under an agreement with prosecutors. She is expected to be sentenced next year after a pre-sentencing report is completed.
Shields was 15 when Evelyn Miranda, 53, was found dead at her San Patricio home on June 8, 2011.
The case against the other girl, who also was 15 when Miranda was killed, has been put on hold pending an evaluation of her competency to stand trial, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.
The girls were accused of stealing Miranda’s car, cellphone and computer. They were captured at a friend’s home in Carlsbad.
Deputy District Attorney John P. Suggs said Shields will be sentenced as an adult and could have faced up to 30 years in prison if convicted without a plea agreement. With Shields pleading guilty and taking responsibility, she is now looking at a maximum of 15 years in prison, Suggs said.
The plea agreement included dismissal of other charges, including conspiracy, robbery, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.
Shields will serve her sentence in a state Corrections Department facility, the prosecutor said.
According to 12th Judicial District Court records, Miranda died of asphyxiation.
Miranda took in troubled or challenged teens through Mesilla Valley Hospital’s Treatment Foster Care program.
She was a foster parent for both Linares and Shields in her San Patricio home.
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