A Harrodsburg woman charged with murder in the 2009 suffocation death of her mother pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter and two other felonies.
Megan Nicole Brooks, 25, also pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution or apprehension and tampering with physical evidence, Commonwealth's Attorney Richie Bottoms said.
Brooks was accused of killing her mother, Debbie Brooks, 43, of Harrodsburg, with the help of Paul Estes, 38. Police said at the time that Debbie Brooks, an employee of Charleston Health Care in Danville, might have been killed for her life insurance money.
Debbie Brooks was found dead in her apartment with a plastic bag over her head.
Under a plea agreement, Megan Brooks would serve 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charge, five years on hindering prosecution, and two years on tampering with physical evidence. The sentences would be served consecutively, for a total of 17 years, Bottoms said.
Mercer Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13.
In a related development, Estes was also in court Tuesday. Public advocate Susanne McCollough said Estes has rejected a plea deal in his case. Bottoms said the offer is still on the table until the judge sets a trial date, which did not happen Tuesday.
Bottoms said he wants to discuss with the Brooks family whether to pursue the death penalty in the Estes case.
Estes is to return to court Dec. 13.