Va. woman enters plea in cane-beating death case


According to media reports, Kristina N. Pongracz entered her plea to second-degree murder Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court. Investigators say Pongracz beat William Herchenrider with his cane on May 4, 2010. He survived the initial beating but died months later.

Police say Pongracz beat Herchenrider because he wanted to kick her out of his home.

Pongracz's plea came on the day she was to stand trial. A judge ordered a presentencing report.

The charge carries a five- to 40-year prison term and a fine of up to $100,000.

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