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Woman pleads guilty in Grafton stabbing

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    Rebecca Seel



ELYRIA — A Grafton woman pleaded guilty to attempted murder in connection with an incident in which police said she stabbed her mother.

Rebecca Seel, 48, of Erie Street, pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder and two counts of felonious assault, according to court documents.

Police have said Seel planned to kill her parents as well as herself March 13, 2018, after purchasing three kitchen knives with silver blades and black handles at Walmart the previous day.

At 7:54 a.m. March 13, police responded to the home where they found Sandra Seel, 68, restraining her daughter in a chair in the backyard. Sandra Seel was bleeding from her left arm and left side of her back. Sandra Seel told police her daughter had stabbed her.

Sandra Seel told police Rebecca Seel was taking her father to a VA appointment when she turned to her mother, said, ‘Mom, don’t let them take the house,’ and stabbed her three times, police have said. Sandra Seel managed to escape the house through a back door and yelled for her husband, Raymond Seel, for help.

Raymond Seel brought a chair and he and his wife restrained their daughter until help arrived.

Two knives matching the description of the ones Rebecca Seel purchased were found on the ground by her feet in the backyard. It was then that police were informed by Rebecca Seel that the house was going into foreclosure.

A hearing was held on Seel’s competency to stand trial last year, and the court ordered a competency and sanity evaluation.

“Based upon the evidence presented, this court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant is capable of understanding the nature and objective of the proceedings against her, has the present capacity to assist in her defense and was not experiencing a severe mental disease or defect at the time of the alleged offense, thus finding that defendant is presently competent to stand trial,” a ruling signed by Judge Raymond Ewers said.

Seel is scheduled to be sentenced by Ewers on April 17, according to court records.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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