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Alberta teenager pleads guilty to second degree murder in mother's death

MORRIS - Jacob Seth Cobb pled guilty on Wednesday to the December 2010 murder of his mother, 50-year-old Tamara Lee Mason.

Cobb, 18 of Alberta, pled guilty to the second count of his indictment, murder in the second degree while committing assault in the third degree, as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

At the plea hearing, Cobb said that on the night of Mason's murder he and his brothers, Dylan Clemens and Andrew Cobb, got upset with their mother.

The three "decided that I would attack [Mason]," Jacob said. He then "grabbed her around the throat" and choked her. When Mason passed out, the three brothers checked if she had a pulse. They determined she did, then Dylan put a bag and belt around her, Jacob said.

Jacob told Judge Gerald Seibel that when he stopped choking Mason he did not think she was dead, but that his assault played a role in her death.

A sentencing date has tentatively been set for Sept. 17, 2012. Judge Seibel said he intends to sentence Jacob, Dylan and Andrew at the same time. Both Dylan and Andrew have pled guilty to charges of being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan said it is expected that Jacob will be ordered to serve 180 months, 15 years, for Mason's murder.