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Jamie Silvonek, who pleaded guilty in killing of her mother, pushing for new trial

A Lehigh County teen who pleaded guilty in the killing of her mother in 2015 is now pushing for a new trial. 

New lawyers for Jamie Silvonek have filed the appeal and if granted it could be the chance Silvonek's father said he wanted his daughter to have in 2018.

In the court paperwork, the attorney for Jamie Silvonek is not her original attorney who helped broker a plea deal with prosecutors.

Silvonek was charged as an adult at the age of 14, which means she is eligible for parole at some point.

Now it looks like she wants to have her day in court.

The now 18-year-old  is serving time in a state prison after pleading guilty to taking part in the killing of her mother, Cheryl Silvonek, in the driveway of their Upper Macungie home back in 2015.

New paperwork has been filed with Lehigh County Court, with a hearing scheduled for June 3, 2019.

During the original proceedings, attorneys for Silvonek said they believed that she should not be charged as an adult and that the case should be heard in juvenile court.

It's something her father also hoped for when he spoke to 69 News in 2016.

"I hope and pray that my daughter Jamie gets a second chance at making something of herself," Silvonek had said.

However, the court rejected the attempts to get the case to juvenile and Silvonek pleaded guilty to adult charges.

WFMZ reached out to a new attorney listed on the court records. A spokesperson for the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia confirms they are representing Silvonek in the upcoming proceeding.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin says he can confirm paperwork has been filed, but says it would be inappropriate to comment on the case further.

Silvonek's former attorney John Waldron could not be reached for comment.

If granted this will be the first trial for Jamie Silvonek. Her current conviction was the result of a plea deal which included testifying against her then boyfriend Caleb Barnes, who was convicted of killing Cheryl Silvonek.


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