Tamara K. Menke enters the Van Wert County Common Pleas Court for her arraignment on Dec. 9, 2013, after being charged with shooting and killing her mother in a November incident. Menke pleaded guilty to charges of murder and felonious assault on Friday. (TB File Photo)
Tamara K. Menke enters the Van Wert County Common Pleas Court for her arraignment on Dec. 9, 2013, after being charged with shooting and killing her mother in a November incident. Menke pleaded guilty to charges of murder and felonious assault on Friday. (TB File Photo)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
egebert@timesbulletin.com

VAN WERT -- The woman charged in the fatal shooting of her mother and the shooting of her father, entered a guilty plea on Friday in Van Wert County Court fo Common Pleas. Tamara K. Menke, 48, Ohio City had sought a plea ofleased not guilty by reason of insanity, but had been declared competent to stand trial after two reports showed her not to be insane.

Menke pleaded guilty to murder, a reduced charge from the original charge of aggravated murder, and to felonious assault for the shooting of her father. Counts of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and burglary were dismissed in exchange for her plea.

Menke admitted to shooting her mother, Barbara Robinson in the chest, and shooting her father in the thigh at around 6 p.m on Nov. 14, 2013. Reports stated that Menke emptied a .22 caliber rifle before leaving her parents' home at 223 S. Fulton St. in Van Wert.

Menke eluded capture all of that evening before being arrested the next morning near one of the buildings on her Brittsan Rd. property. Her mother died en route to a Fort Wayne hospital. No reason for the shootings was released.

Menke will be sentenced on May 16 in Van Wert. She faces a minimum of 17 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison plus 10 years.