Second defendant pleads guilty in Waldoboro slashing, death

Posted April 25, 2010, at 8:54 p.m.

A woman involved in a botched burglary in Waldoboro last April that left one person dead and another critically injured has pleaded guilty to felony murder and attempted murder charges, officials said Sunday.

Corina Durkee, 43, of Waldoboro entered her plea on Friday, according to Deputy Attorney General William Stokes. That was several weeks before her case was scheduled to go to trial in Lincoln County Superior Court.

Prosecutors and Durkee’s defense lawyers have agreed to a recommended sentence of 15 years behind bars with no time suspended.

Durkee also pleaded guilty to burglary charges from the April 2009 incident during which police say Durkee and Earl “Buddy” Bieler stabbed Rachel Grindal and Tracey Neild.

Grindal, 27, died of her injuries.

Earlier this month, Bieler pleaded guilty to murder — a more serious charge than Durkee’s felony murder charge — as well as aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault, burglary and theft.

Prosecutors are not recommending a specific sentence for Bieler, although they agreed not to seek life in prison, Stokes said.

Durkee and Bieler were burglarizing Neild’s Waldoboro home on April 19, 2009, when Neild arrived home with Grindal and a third woman, according to authorities.

During the ensuing altercation, Grindal was stabbed in the torso and neck and Durkee slashed Neild’s throat, according to an affidavit in a civil lawsuit filed by Neild late last year. The third woman was able to escape and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

Durkee and Bieler were still at the scene when police arrived, but they claimed they were at the home to change a tire for Nield. The pair were arrested and charged several days later.

The civil lawsuit affidavit states that Neild has permanently lost her voice and suffered other permanent injuries during the attack.

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