NAMPA, Idaho -

A 41-year-old Nampa woman who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder after beating her 69-year-old mother to death with a hammer has been sentenced to life in prison.
The Idaho Press-Tribune reports ( that Kelly A. Singh was sentenced Friday in 3rd District Court and must serve at least 20 years before becoming eligible for parole. Singh pleaded guilty in October to the February killing of Ruth Collins in the home they shared in Nampa.
But during the sentencing hearing, Singh's siblings defended Singh while calling Collins a monster.
Judge Juneal Kerrick says she's never seen an entire family support the killer while showing no regret for the victim.
Vickie Uhl says she and other siblings severed all ties with Collins years ago and had encouraged Singh to do the same.