OROVILLE, Calif. - The Chico man accused of murdering his mother and hiding her body in a septic tank pled no contest to first degree murder in court Thursday afternoon.
Anthony Yee was supposed to appear in court to set a trial date, but instead pled no contest to first degree murder with special circumstances.
Investigators said Yee murdered his mother, Judy Nathan, in her home on Dec. 19, 2011. Officials said Yee broke into her home and hid in her bathroom before attacking and killing her. Her body was then found in a septic tank at her White Avenue home.
Police believe Nathan had just come home from work when Yee attacked and tried to strangle her with a nylon rope. Investigators said he then hit his mother in the head with a hammer three to four times and watched her as she bled to death.
Police said Yee wrapped his mother's body in a comforter, tied it to a wooden ladder, and placed it in the home's septic tank.
Yee told investigators the reason why he committed the murder was to get a hold of this mother's finances because his mother would not let him back into her home after an argument they had a few days before her death.
On Thursday, Yee entered a new plea and withdrew his old plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. By changing his plea, the District Attorney said he was able to avoid the death penalty and instead faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. Yee is due back in court on May 9th for his sentencing.