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VAN WERT — The woman charged in the fatal shooting of her mother and the shooting of her father entered a guilty plea on Friday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Tamara K. Menke, 48, Ohio City, had sought a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity but had been declared competent to stand trial after two reports showed her not to be insane.

Menke pleaded guilty to murder, a reduced charge from the original charge of aggravated murder, and to felonious assault for the shooting of her father. Counts of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and burglary were dismissed in exchange for her plea.

Menke admitted to shooting her mother, Barbara Robinson, in the chest and shooting her father in the thigh at around 6 p.m on Nov. 14, 2013. Reports stated that Menke emptied a .22-caliber rifle before leaving her parents’ home at 223 S. Fulton St. in Van Wert.

Menke eluded capture all of that evening before being arrested the next morning near one of the buildings on her Brittsan Road property. Her mother died en route to a Fort Wayne hospital. No reason for the shootings was released.

Menke will be sentenced on May 16 in Van Wert. She faces a minimum of 17 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison plus 10 years.



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