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Rachel Atkinson admits killing Arthur Seiple

Woman admits to killing elderly man

RARITAN TWP., Pa. - A woman accused of killing an elderly man in Hunterdon County has cut her trial short with a plea deal.

Rachel Atkinson pleaded guilty Wednesday to first degree aggravated manslaughter in the death of Arthur Seiple, 87.

In return for her plea, the prosecutor's office agreed to drop the charges of murder, robbery and burglary.

She admitted to stabbing Seiple and beating him at his home in Raritan Township in November of 2008.

She also apologized to Seiple's family.

In exchange prosecutors dropped murder, robbery and burglary charges.

The prosecution is recommending a 25-year prison sentence and five years of parole supervision after she's released from prison. However, the judge is not bound by these terms. The maximum sentence the judge can impose is 30 years in prison.

She'll be sentenced in January.

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