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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 10:57

Guilty plea in Port Huron body-dumping case

     PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) - An Oregon woman who left the body of her 89-year-old mother outside of a Michigan thrift store has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.
      Forty-nine-year-old Kelly Rhodes was awaiting trial on a murder charge in Port Huron. But she pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter and elder neglect charges that carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
      Mary Grenia of Salem, Ore., died a few days after she and her daughter were turned away while trying to enter Ontario, Canada, with a truck full of possessions.
      An autopsy revealed heart and lung disease but no sign of trauma.
      Grenia died in the truck. Her body was found March 9 in Port Huron Township.
      St. Clair County Circuit Judge Cynthia Lane is to sentence Rhodes on Dec. 23.