Mother Slain

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A Jackson man will serve 20 to 40 years in prison for beating his 72-year-old mother to death.

John Ruelas had pleaded guilty to open murder in the January death of Margaret Ruelas. The judge ruled it was second-degree murder.

Jackson County Prosecutor John McBain argued Friday that Ruelas should be locked away for the rest of his life.

The 38-year-old Ruelas asked for leniency, saying he didn't mean to kill his mother.