Son goes to prison in beating death of mother

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has approved a plea deal that lets a Murfreesboro man avoid a first-degree murder trial in the beating death of his mother.

Roger Van Blarcom entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder in a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve a 30-year prison term, according to the Associated Press.

Loraine Van Blarcom was beaten with a baseball bat, but was able to tell police at the hospital that her son beat her after asking if she wanted to go to Heaven. The 81-year-old victim died about a week after the October 2009 incident in her home.

Roger Van Blarcom had been scheduled to stand trial on Tuesday.

------

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 121642909 - local8now.com/a?a=121642909