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Woman again sentenced to life in dad's death

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By ED WHITE, Associated Press

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.

Prosecutors say Tia Skinner was angry at her parents for forbidding her from seeing Jonathan Kurtz and taking her cell phone.

Authorities say Kurtz and James Preston broke into the home and attacked the couple while Tia Skinner watched a movie in the basement.

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

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