Mich. Woman Again Sentenced to Life in Prison for Dad's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) -- A young woman convicted of plotting a fatal stabbing attack on her father has again been sentenced to life in prison.

Tia Skinner was given a no-parole sentence in 2011 when, at 17 years old, she was convicted of first-degree murder in St. Clair County. But she had another day in court Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down mandatory no-parole punishments for teenagers.

But Judge Daniel Kelly issued the same sentence for Skinner, who is now 20, calling her "the architect" of the plan to attack her parents.

Two men attacked and killed Skinner's father, Paul Skinner, in their Yale home in November 2010. Her mother was seriously wounded.

The former honors student said Thursday that she loves her family and acknowledges she could have stopped the attack.


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