MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to felony murder stemming from the death of his mother during a robbery in West Virginia.

Media outlets report Joshua Stitley, 35, of Hancock, Md., entered his plea Monday in Berkeley County Circuit Court. He also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery and malicious assault.

Prosecutors say Stitley and co-defendant Roy L. Wisotzkey of Hagerstown, Md., broke into the Falling Waters home of Stitley’s mother, 57-year-old Vickie Clem, on May 26, 2011, to rob her and her husband, Jack W. Clem.

Vickie Clem was fatally beaten with a baseball bat and stabbed. Jack Clem was stabbed but survived.

Wisotzkey was convicted in August on felony murder, robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges.

Stitley’s plea came a day before he was scheduled to stand trial.

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