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Horror in Ohio: 23-year-old killed her mother by beating her with a frying pan and stabbing her in the neck

Horror in Ohio: 23-year-old killed her mother by beating her with a frying pan and stabbing her in the neck

A 23-year-old woman from the Ohio killed her mother by beating her with a frying pan and stabbing her dozens of times because she found that her daughter had been expelled from college. Sydney Powell of Akron was found guilty of murder and tampering with evidence for the brute death of health care worker Brenda Powell, 50, according to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.

“In March 2020, the matricide hit Brenda Powell over the head with an iron frying pan and then nearly stabbed her 30 times on the neck“, according to the announcement. Powell, a former Mount Union University student, sobbed in the Summit County Common Pleas courtroom after her guilty plea Wednesday, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. Police found Brenda inside her home on Scudder Drive with serious injuries on March 3, 2020. Both she and her then 19-year-old daughter were taken to a hospital, where Brenda eventually died.

Prosecutors said Powell attacked her mother while she was on the phone with school administrators. During the trial, the defense argued that Sydney suffered from schizophrenia and therefore could not be held accountable for the murder. James Reardon, one of three experts who made the diagnosis, said Sydney suffered psychotic break when she killed her mother, whom she considered her best friend.

However, Sylvia O’Bradovich, a psychologist hired by prosecutors, disagreed with the diagnosis and said the young woman did not meet the legal definition of insanity at the time crime. O’Bradovich acknowledged that Sydney suffers from mental health issues, including borderline personality traits and anxiety disorder, the Beacon Journal reported.

Steven Powell, Sydney’s father and Brenda’s husband, as well as her maternal grandmother, Betsy Brown, had urged prosecutors to settle for a mistrial, according to the report. But the prosecution said it wanted a jury to decide. “Sydney stopped attacking with the pan and apparently went to the kitchen with one knifeAssistant District Attorney Brian Stano said.

“He had to switch weapons and keep attacking her,” he said, adding that Sydney carried out the fatal attack because she didn’t want her secret to be revealed.

“The knife; That he punched her in the neck multiple times? That’s intentional. That means he wanted to finish somebody off,” Stano said. Defense attorney Donald Malarcik declined to comment after the verdict. Powell’s sentencing is scheduled for September 28. He could serve life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years but serve additional time for the falsification of information.

Source: News Beast