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Appellant Rebecca Stokes was indicted for malice murder, felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, tampering with evidence, and removal of body parts from the scene of a death based on her participation in the shooting death of Charlotte Donaldson. Appellant entered a negotiated guilty plea to malice murder, and the State nol prossed the remaining charges. As the State recommended, the trial court sentenced Appellant to serve life in prison with the possibility of parole. She filed a timely motion to withdraw her guilty plea, which she amended with new counsel and raised three claims: (1) her plea counsel provided ineffective assistance by misrepresented when she would be eligible for parole; (2) she was under the influence of prescription medication that prevented her from "thinking straight" at the plea hearing, and thus was unable to make a knowing plea; and (3) she was not informed of her right to remain silent at trial. Finding no reversible error as to any of these issues, the Supreme Court affirmed.