RED CLOUD — A 41-year-old Guide Rock woman accused of murder agreed to a plea deal Wednesday.
Shelley Casterline pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder in Adams County District Court. She faces 20 years to life in prison for the Class 1B felony.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 10.
Casterline previously was charged with first-degree murder as well as use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary.
First degree murder is a Class 1A felony, punishable by life in prison.
Her son, 23-year-old Andrew Casterline, faces similar charges in the case: First-degree murder as well as use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and burglary.
Use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Burglary and theft, value more than $1,500, are each a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Andrew’s trial is set to begin on May 27 with a pretrial hearing on May 5.
On Oct. 4, 2013, Shelley and Andrew reportedly got into an argument with Virginia “Ginger” Barone, 68, of Guide Rock at her home, which neighbored their residence. Shelley told investigators that she became upset by comments Barone had made about her and her son, according to the arrest affidavit. She stabbed Barone twice in the back and then 20 times in the torso. Afterward, Barone was dragged into a nearby room and partially covered with boards.
Amended information on Shelley’s second-degree murder charge states that she caused Barone’s death, “intentionally, but without premeditation.”
The Nebraska Attorney General’s Office is acting as special prosecutor in the case.