A 23-year-old South Salt Lake man has pleaded guilty to killing his mother by stabbing her and slashing her throat after she asked him to make a cup of coffee for her.
John Paul White pleaded guilty Monday in 3rd District Court to first-degree murder in the November 2010 slaying of 62-year-old Mary White. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced July 30 before Judge Robin Reese.
"He said that Mary had asked for a cup of coffee," South Salt Lake Detective Darren Carr testified at a preliminary hearing last year, "and he said, just basically, 'That was the last damn time I was going to make her coffee.' "