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Life sentence for man accused with rape and murder of his adoptive mother


Updated January 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM CST:  It's life in prison with no chance for parole for an Oklahoma man who plead guilty to murdering his 81-year old adoptive mother.

Police say in August Michael Joe Rice, 48, attacked and sexually assaulted his adoptive mother, Ruth Rice.  An autopsy showed Ruth Rice died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Now, Michael Rice has plead guilty to first degree murder.  With the plea prosecutors have dropped a rape charge and are no longer seeking the death penalty.

Updated September 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM CST:  A Northeast Oklahoma man is officially charged with the rape and murder of his mother.

Michael Rice, 48, is set for his first court appearance today in Craig County.

Authorities say Rice confessed to committing the acts.

They say on August 4th, Rice had told detectives he discovered the body of his mother, Ruth Rice, 81, of Welch.

Prosecutors say Rice had been drinking that night.

Updated August 30, 2011 at 4:05 PM CST:  Authorities say Michael Rice, 48, confessed to the rape and murder of his 81 year old mother.  Craig County officials have confirmed that charges have not been filed against Michael Rice at this time.

WelchOK.com reports the woman, Ruth Rice, is his adoptive mother.

Updated August 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM CST:  The son of an 81-year-old Northeast Oklahoma woman who was found slain in her home confesses to raping and killing her.

A 48-year old man in Welch, Oklahoma is behind bars on charges of first degree rape and first degree murder.

Craig County authorities say Michael Rice, 48 of Welch, confessed to the rape and killing yesterday.

On August 4th Rice had told detectives he discovered his mother dead and had his girlfriend call the police.

Prosecutors say Rice had been drinking that night but that there was no evidence of drug use.

Reported August 5, 2011 at 12:44 PM CST:  Authorities investigate the overnight death of an elderly woman in Northeast Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation is in Craig County today looking in to the possible murder of 81-year-old Ruth Rice.

Local law enforcement found Rice dead inside her home in Welch just before midnight.

An autopsy is underway today.

Both OSBI investigators and local authorities are collecting evidence and interviewing family, friends, and neighbors.

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