McDonald Pleads Guilty to Murdering Mother 

A man from Monmouth on trial for killing his mother pleaded guilty to murder this morning in Kennebec County Superior Court.In a surprise move, 44-year old Kenneth McDonald agreed to plead guilty to the murder charge, and in exchange, the state agrees not to pursue a sentence that exceeds 40 years. The minimum sentence McDonald could receive is 25 years.McDonald has admitted all along that he killed his 80-year old mother, Janice McDonald, last year in the home they shared in Monmouth.During the trial, McDonald’s defense attorney said McDonald should be found guilty of manslaughter, because of past abuse by Janice McDonald.Deputy Attorney General Bill Stokes says McDonald will be sentenced at a later date.