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Mom who allegedly killed daughter agrees to plea deal

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Posted at 7:23 AM, Jan 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-17 09:27:12-05

WEST JORDAN, Utah — A mother accused of shooting her teenage daughter and then attempting suicide has agreed to a plea deal.

Mary Ethyl Hansen, 53, was originally charged with first-degree felony murder. On Wednesday, she pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to charges of manslaughter and discharge of a firearm.

Hansen shot her 18-year-old daughter, Virginia Ray, twice on March 22 before turning the gun on herself in a supposed death pact.

Officials said the woman tried to commit suicide again while in jail on November 2.

Hansen is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8.