Teenager sentenced in death of his mother

February 25, 2010

A Glen Burnie teenager was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for stabbing his mother to death last year, prosecutors said. William Joseph Skiratko, 18, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in December, was sentenced to life with all but 40 years suspended by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Pamela L. North. According to prosecutors, Skiratko killed 45-year-old Elizabeth Anne Skiratko on April 20 because he disagreed with her rules. Officers found him playing video games at home with his mother's body in the next room, police said. The sentence includes a court referral for treatment at Patuxent Institution, which the defense had sought.

- Andrea F. Siegel

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