Washington state man pleads guilty to attacking parents

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man accused of killing his mother, stabbing his father and setting fire to their home in 2016 has pleaded guilty to the charges.

The Daily Herald reports 32-year-old Zachary Konicke of Machias pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that included second-degree murder, second-degree assault and first-degree arson.

In a statement to the court, Konicke said he was “suffering a serious mental health crisis at the time.”

He told the court he stabbed his mother and cut his father with the knife before kicking him down a staircase.

The father survived the attack, but 58-year-old Vicki Konicke was killed in the burning house.

Zachary Konicke told the court he decided against pursuing an insanity defense. He is scheduled to be sentenced in late September.


Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com