Prosecutors will seek a life sentence for an Acton woman, who is asking to withdraw her guilty plea, if she is ultimately convicted of fatally stabbing her ex-husband.
Kandee Collind, formerly known as Kandee Weyland, on Tuesday asked York County Superior Court Justice Wayne Douglas to allow her to withdraw her guilty plea in connection with the stabbing death of her ex-husband, Scott Weyland, according to the Journal Tribune.
Douglas on Thursday continued Collind’s motion to withdraw the plea until January to permit her attorneys time to review additional evidence, including Collind’s medication records and recordings of telephone conversations at York County Jail in Alfred, the Journal Tribune reports.
Under her plea agreement, Collind’s possible sentence was capped at 32 years, according to the Biddeford paper. The minimum sentence for murder is 25 years.
“I urge you to think carefully about this,” the Tribune quoted Douglas as telling Collind toward the end of Thursday’s hearing.
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese told the judge that the state would ask for “substantially” more prison time if Collind is convicted at trial, the paper reported.
Police have said that Collind, 48, stabbed Weyland in the driveway of his Milton Mills Road home in Acton on Feb. 22, 2017. Police and prosecutors have said Collind stabbed Weyland after learning he was awarded primary custody of their two children, who witnessed the stabbing. The couple’s divorce had been finalized on Feb. 17, 2017.
After entering a not guilty plea in May, Collind pleaded guilty to reckless and knowing murder in August.