ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A New Mexico man has acknowledged he beat a nun to death with a flashlight during a break-in at her home on the Navajo Indian Reservation.
Reehahlio Carroll pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Friday in federal court in Albuquerque for the 2009 killing of 64-year-old Sister Marguerite Bartz. She served at St. Berard Catholic Church in the community of Navajo in northwestern New Mexico.
A judge accepted the plea but formal sentencing still needs to be scheduled. Carroll faces 40 years in prison without parole. He could have received a mandatory life term if convicted of the original charges that included first-degree murder.
Prosecutors say Carroll broke into the nun's trailer home and attacked her when she confronted him. He was 18 at the time.
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