Yucca man pleads guilty in killing of his mother - WNEM TV 5

Yucca man pleads guilty in killing of his mother

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A Yucca man diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia who told investigators that he killed his mother after being ordered by the "dream police" has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Roger Drake of Yucca entered the plea June 3, 2014 in Mohave County Superior Court after refusing to plead guilty except insane.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office said Drake was arrested Feb. 15, 2013 after deputies found what they believed to be the body of his mother, 66-year-old Carol Drake, at her Yucca home.

The younger Drake had initially told deputies that his mother, who had been reported missing, had gone to California to visit friends.

The body was discovered during a search warrant after Roger Drake admitted himself at the Mohave Mental Health Facility. Roger Drake told investigators that he punched Carol Drake and stabbed her numerous times with a kitchen knife.

A guilty-but-insane plea would have put Drake in the care of a state psychiatry board and the state mental hospital, but defense attorney Ron Gileo said Drake wanted to go to prison, not the mental hospital.

Drake will get a 21-year prison sentence under a plea agreement under a first-degree murder charge is being dropped.

Copyright 2013Associated Press. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (Meredith Corporation) contributed to thisreport.

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