N. Idaho woman sentenced for beating death

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 30, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.



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GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — A north-central Idaho woman's request to withdraw her voluntary manslaughter guilty plea has been rejected.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tara R. Mendenhall also on Monday received the maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, and a fine of $5,000.

The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1rqgGRg) that 2nd District Court Judge Michael J. Griffin told Mendenhall that it will take a long time for her to change considering her prior felony violence convictions, alcohol abuse and lack of education.

Mendenhall in September 2013 beat 45-year-old Lora K. Vandenburg.

Vandenburg died on Oct. 8 from bleeding in the brain.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

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