FORT PAYNE, Ala. — A judge has sentenced an Alabama man to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to killing his mother with a baseball bat during an argument over grades.

Court records show 24-year-old Tyler Blansit pleaded guilty Thursday to killing 45-year-old Sherry Ann Blansit in 2015.

DeKalb County authorities say Blansit had been a student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He got into an argument with his mother about his grades, and the woman was killed with a bat.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris called the slaying one of the most brutal he has seen. Blansit admitted the killing in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Authorities say Sherry Blansit’s killing was the first murder in the town of Mentone in 25 years.

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