Former Mount Union student sentenced to life in prison for brutal murder of her mom

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Sydney Powell was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her mother, Brenda Powell, 50, in 2020.

The incident stemmed over bad grades. Brenda Powell was on the phone with the University of Mount Union where her daughter was a student.

Sydney had been expelled from Mount Union but kept it a secret from her parents, staying in hotels for a week rather than telling her parents the truth.

Brenda was on the phone with university officials when they heard repeated thuds and screaming in the background. The call was disconnected. When a school official called back, Sydney answered the phone and pretended to be her mother. Officials called the police.

Prosecutors say she repeatedly beat her mom over the head with a cast-iron skillet then stabbed her nearly 30 times with a steak knife.

Sydney was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years of her sentence.

She was found guilty for two counts of murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence.