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Jacob Cobb to appear in court Wednesday for plea hearing

MORRIS - A tentative plea agreement has been reached for an Alberta teenager who is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree in the death of his mother.

Jacob Seth Cobb, 18, will return to court Wednesday, Aug. 8 for a hearing on a plea agreement, said Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan. Details of the plea agreement were not released.

According to court records, a jury trial scheduled to begin on Aug. 13 has been cancelled.

Cobb was certified to stand trial as an adult in November 2011 for the December 2010 death of 50-year-old Tamara Lee Mason. Cobb is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree. Both counts carry a maximum sentence of 40 years in jail.

Cobb's brothers, Dylan Clemens and Andrew Cobb have pled guilty to charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Mason was reported missing on Dec. 27, 2010 by Clemens. At that time, Clemens told authorities that his mother had wanted to play Yahtzee after they all returned home from Christmas dinner at a friend's. When the boys wouldn't, she got mad, grabbed a few things and stormed out of the house. Authorities initially treated Mason's disappearance as a missing-person case.

Mason's body was found in July 2011, buried in the backyard of the Alberta home where she lived. An autopsy performed in Ramsey County determined that Mason's death was a homicide and was probably caused by "asphyxiation due to neck compression resulting in a fractured larynx."

The criminal complaint said Jacob Cobb strangled his mother on the living room floor. Then his brother Andrew allegedly put a plastic bag over her head and tightened a belt around her neck. After that, Clemens allegedly drove her body to South Dakota, then to Glenwood, before storing the corpse in a garbage can in a shed for months until the ground thawed enough for the two elder brothers to bury it.