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Woman Pleads Guilty to Slaying Mother, Grandmother in New Jersey

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    • A woman has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and murder in the beating deaths of her mother and grandmother in their NJ beach jhome

    • Heather Barbera, 42, tearfully entered her pleas Tuesday in the July 2018 deaths of 67-year-old Michelle Gordon and 87-year-old Elaine Rosen

    • Atlantic County prosecutor's office says a plea agreement calls for her to be imprisoned for 42 years and ineligible for parole for 40 years

    A woman has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and murder in the beating deaths of her mother and grandmother in their New Jersey beach home last year.

    Forty-two-year-old Heather Barbera tearfully entered her pleas Tuesday in the July 2018 deaths of 67-year-old Michelle Gordon and 87-year-old Elaine Rosen.

    Prosecutors said Barbera, who also had been living in the Ventnor home, used a nightstick to beat the victims to death.

    The Atlantic County prosecutor's office says a plea agreement calls for her to be imprisoned for 42 years and ineligible for parole for four decades - when prosecutors noted she will be "well into her 80s."

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    Defense attorney James Leonard said "a very dysfunctional family dynamic" led to "an absolute horrific series of events that ended tragically for everyone involved."

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