Teenager pleads guility in 2014 murder of a midstate teacher

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 11, 2016 10:48 AM

(Lancaster) -- A teenager has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of an elementary school teacher during a burglary of her Lancaster home. 

Assistant Public Defender Chris Tallarico says Marcus Rutter, who turns 18 next month, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy, burglary, robbery and other counts in the December 2014 death of 32-year-old Nicole Mathewson. 

She taught for seven years at Brownstown Elementary School in the Conestoga Valley School District.

As a juvenile, Rutter won't face a mandatory life term during sentencing July 29.

Tallarico said he will face a 35-year minimum with consecutive sentences on other charges.  

He said his client was "very remorseful'' and he hoped to show the crime never would have happened if not for Rutter's adult co-defendant. 

Twenty-six-year-old Thomas Moore pleaded guilty earlier this year and is serving life without parole. 

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