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Third Woman Pleads Guilty In Murder Of Rockland County Woman, 80

Police in Rockland County are investigating the murder of Peggy Nadell, 81. (Credit CBS 2)

Police in Rockland County are investigating the murder of Peggy Nadell, 81. (Credit CBS 2)

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NEW CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A third woman admitted her part Thursday in the killing of an activist from Rockland County – leaving only the victim’s daughter-in-law in Florida fighting charges.

The Rockland County District Attorney’s office said Andrea Benson of Washington, D.C., pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and will be sentenced to 20 years in prison. She has been charged with first-degree murder.

The victim was Peggy Nadell, 80, who was found dead in her Valley Cottage home on Jan. 25.

Her daughter-in-law, Diana Nadell of Cutler Bay, is accused of first-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said she hired Benson to help her kill her mother-in-law so she could receive an inheritance.

Her husband, the victim’s son, is not charged.

Two other women — Tanisha Joyner, 26, and Eltia Grant, 24 — have pleaded guilty to lesser charges in connection with false alibis.

Diana Nadell is due back in court on July 14.

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