DETROIT (AP) — A lawyer says a Detroit-area woman accused of killing a friend with a slow cooker while very drunk has agreed to a plea deal.
John McWilliams says 51-year-old Tewana Sullivan has agreed to plead guilty but mentally ill to second-degree murder. He says Sullivan will serve at least 23 years in prison before she’s considered for parole.
A court hearing is planned for Thursday.
Police say 66-year-old Cheryl Livy was beaten to death last October in her Livonia apartment, west of Detroit, during an argument about politics.
McWilliams says Sullivan’s blood-alcohol level was extraordinarily high — 0.41. The threshold for drunken driving is 0.08.
A trial on a charge of first-degree murder was set to begin Monday in Wayne County court.