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"I went upstairs retrieved the knife from a wooden chest and went back downstairs sat with it for awhile and proceeded with the crime."

Eerie testimony in court this morning, as a Toledo man admits to killing his mother.  Anthony Bertolina agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors.

He pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and he told the court he planned to kill his mother. Bertolina took full responsibility and admitted he had an addiction to heroin.

Mary Bertolina's co-workers say they miss her dearly. She was a long-time employee of the Toledo Blade.  Police say on December 8th her son stabbed her to death in her own home.

"She was a very good person a very caring person," says id Jeff Cole, one of Bertolina's co-workers. "Hearing the details in the courtroom today just kind of set you back."
     
Anthony Bertolina signed a plea deal and admitted to the crime. He said he was using heroin and had lost his job, house and relationship. He moved in with his mother.

"During that year and a half, I ruined every friendship and relationship by asking to borrow money, stealing. Before 33, I had never committed a crime," he said.

The former paralegal admitted to stealing from his mother.  He said he feared his mom would kick him out. He told the court he decided kill her.   

"I went upstairs, retrieved the knife from a wooden chest, and went back downstairs, sat with it for awhile," he said.

He said he sat in the chair for an hour before he stabbed his mother numerous times. She was on her computer when Anthony killed her

"After having asked her for so much money and lied for reasons to get money and knowing that there was no other way I was going to be able to obtain those drugs, the only thing that I could see to do was to take her life and be able to sell things from the house," he said.

Bertolina will most likely be sentence to life in prison with a chance of parole after 30 years. This case has been very difficult and heartbreaking for the victim's co-worker Jeff Cole
     
"It's the first time as a manager of my 39 year at the blade that i had ever experienced anything like this and its such a tragedy. I'm having a hard time comprehending the whole thing"

Bertolina will be sentenced June 9th.

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