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Sentencing delayed for Utah mom who had death pact with daughter

Published May 14, 2014 11:30 am

Courts • Mary Hansen had a death pact with her daughter, according to charging documents.
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A West Jordan woman accused of killing her daughter will have to wait two more months to hear her fate.

Mary Ethel Hansen, 54, entered a plea deal last year after she was declared fit to stand trial on charges of first-degree felony murder of her daughter, Virginia Ray Hansen.

Mary Hansen pleaded guilty but mentally ill to lesser charges of manslaughter and felony discharge of a firearm, second-degree felonies each punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

She was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday, but 3rd District Judge Bruce Lubeck realized that though he had a report from the state hospital concerning Hansen's mental health, he had not received the normal pre-sentencing report from the Utah Department of Corrections, said prosecutor Riley Player.

The court ordered the report be prepared and rescheduled Hansen's sentencing to the morning of July 15.

Hansen was accused of killing her daughter March 22, 2012. According to charging documents, Hansen and her daughter had entered into a death pact; but when the mother failed to kill herself after shooting her daughter twice, she drove up the street to another home and asked someone call 911.

Paramedics found the deceased girl inside the home she shared with her mother.

"We always worried she would do something to hurt herself," Julia Hoodman, Hansen's former friend, had said in March. "She'd talked about it and made threats before. But we never for an instant thought she'd do something to hurt Virginia. She was her whole world."


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