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Woman pleads guilty to murder in Paso Robles hotel killing

The second of the four people charged with the murder of a man in a Paso Robles hotel in August has changed her plea.

Jennifer Velten entered a plea of guilty to murder at a hearing today before Judge John Trice in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.

Velten is one of four people accused in the murder of Robert Kenichi Uyeno, who was found lying face down with his throat slashed Aug. 22 in his room at the Farmhouse Motel in Paso Robles.

Velten’s sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 23 and she faces 15 years to life in state prison.

Another man accused of the killing, Alberto Fierros, pleaded no contest to murder and faces sentencing on Aug. 28.

Of the two other suspects, Tabatha Brown, has pleaded not guilty and her case is pending. John Barrett was found incompetent to stand trial.

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