North Texas woman gets 50 years for killing boyfriend's mom

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing her boyfriend's mother by stabbing the victim more than 30 times.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports 37-year-old Julie Marie Peterson pleaded guilty to murder in a plea deal. Defense attorney Joetta Keene said Peterson, who was sentenced Monday, was mentally ill — diagnosed with bipolar disorder and stress issues.

Peterson was charged with capital murder after 59-year-old Kathleen Olson was found slain last November at her North Richland Hills apartment. Peterson, if convicted, could have faced life in prison.

Investigators say Peterson and her 4-year-old daughter lived with the victim, the child's grandmother, and the women argued about the girl's care. Peterson, when arrested, had Olson's debit and credit cards and had made purchases.


Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram,