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Guilty plea for Irondequoit fatal beating

Rochester, N.Y. - An Irondequoit woman pleaded guilty Friday to murdering her roommate in December of 2013.

Joanne Armour pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Lacandace Miles.

Armour, who was a roommate of the victim, bludgeoned Miles to death with a large tree branch December 22. Investigators said the two had a domestic dispute inside the victims home in Strathmore Circle Apartments in Irondequoit.

Miles' body was discovered at approximately noon the next day after a maintenance worker at the apartment complex responded to complaints of a baby crying for several hours.

Investigators later determined Armour purchased a bus ticket to Chicago in the hours following the murder. She fled and remained at large for three weeks until she was apprehended in Chicago by members of the Irondequoit Police Department.

Just days before Christmas in 2013, Joanne Armour savagely took the life of a member of our community, leaving four young children without their mother, said Mary Randall, a veteran prosecutor and Division Chief with the Monroe County District Attorneys Office. While this conviction wont return Ms. Miles to her family, it will at least provide them with a sense of closure while removing a dangerous individual from our streets."

Armour is expected to receive 18 to 20 Years to Life in prison when she is sentenced on September 10.

Miles leaves behind four young children.

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