Immigrant siblings enter plea deals in dairy farm co-worker death

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SANDUSKY, Mich. (AP) (5/9/2019) - Two siblings who immigration authorities say were in the U.S. illegally are awaiting sentencing after entering plea agreements during their murder trial in the slaying of a Michigan dairy farm co-worker.

Francisca Vargas-Castillo and Leobardo Torres-Castillo pleaded guilty last week in Sanilac County Circuit Court. Vargas-Castillo pleaded to charges including second-degree murder, while Torres-Castillo pleaded to charges including assault.

Sentencing for both siblings is scheduled for June 26.

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The body of 42-year-old Brica Flores-Rivera was found Sept. 1 in Sanilac County's Buel Township. Witnesses testified last year that Vargas-Castillo beat and stabbed Flores-Rivera, and she allegedly believed Flores-Rivera was trying to poison her children and seduce her husband.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said all three were from Mexico.

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