Son pleads guilty in mom’s death; body found in river
Grand Haven, Mich. — A man accused of beating his mother with a frying pan and dumping her body in the Grand River in western Michigan has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Ottawa County Judge Ed Post says 51-year-old Michael Roersma faces at least 20 years in prison.
The Grand Haven Tribune says the Coopersville man appeared in court Friday and accepted the plea deal, just a few days before trial. He also pleaded guilty to lying to police.
Roersma had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, 72-year-old Sharon Roersma. Fishermen discovered her body in the Grand River in Polkton Township in September 2014.
Roersma told the judge that his mother fell and broke her neck after he repeatedly hit her in the head with a pan.