Local man pleads to stabbing mother

March 12, 2008 5:06:15 AM PDT
A Bucks County man says he stabbed his mother to death because she was anorexic and he didn't want her to starve.

Twenty-one-year-old Patrick Hughes-Bygott of Abington pleaded guilty Tuesday to fatally stabbing 56-year-old Ellen Hughes-Bygott on Aug. 16. The stabbing took place in front of his 90-year-old grandmother, Margaret Hughes, who called police.

County Judge John Rufe has now commenced a hearing to decide Hughes-Bygott's degree of guilt. If he is convicted of first-degree murder, Hughes-Bygott will serve life in prison without parole. He could also be found guilty of third-degree murder or manslaughter.

The victim was stabbed more than 60 times in the head, neck and chest.

Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com