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Matter Guilty Plea


A Red Wing woman has entered a guilty plea to Second Degree Intentional Murder, in relation to the death of her newborn child that occurred in December 2003.


50-year old Jennifer Lynn Matter appeared in Goodhue County District Court on Wednesday.

The agreement provides for a maximum sentence of 326 months (or just over 27 years) in prison.


Matter may argue for a lesser sentence but Judge Douglas Bayley will make the final decision regarding the length of sentence.


A contested sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 28th.


Matter was identified and arrested last year year as the mother of two of the three newborn children who were found dead in the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota between 1999 and 2007.


Matter admitted to giving birth on Methodist Beach in 2003 and leaving the baby there.


Prosecutors say DNA evidence also links Matter to a baby girl found by the Mississippi four years earlier, but charges have not been filed in that case.

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