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Forum News Service, Published June 28 2013

Woman pleads guilty in synthetic drug killing

DULUTH – Emphasizing that she never would have stabbed a Duluth woman to death if she wasn’t under the influence of synthetic drugs, a Marquette, Mich., woman pleaded guilty Friday to intentional second-degree murder.

Nicole Leone Revello, 29, entered the plea in State District Court in Duluth and agreed to a 367-month sentence, a little over 30 years, which is the maximum guideline sentence for someone with no prior criminal history.

Revello admitted that she stabbed to death Lisa Kay Davis, 46, in an apartment June 2.

Friday’s hearing had been scheduled as an omnibus hearing in which the court decides whether there is enough evidence to maintain charges and makes sure that none of the defendant’s constitutional rights were violated in the accumulation of evidence. But Revello informed her attorney, public defender Brent Olson, that she wanted to plead guilty.