LITCHFIELD (WGME) – She moved from Massachusetts to Maine last fall to start a new career, enrolling in a beauty school.
Early Sunday morning, Maine State Police said she was murdered.
Police took three teenage boys into custody Sunday in connection with the killing.
One neighbor said “They’re in custody. So the neighborhood’s safe at the moment.”
Prosecutors said the three teens agreed to crush prescription pills in Kimberly Mironovas’ wine, hoping to cause her death. They said when that didn’t work, they talked about stabbing and strangling her.
Prosecutors added shortly after midnight, Mironovas’ son armed himself with a knife and put on a mask and gloves. That’s when they stated he and one of the other teens went into the room where she was sleeping and strangled her.
Prosecutors said her son also stabbed Kimberly Mironovas in the neck.
A neighbor named Bill said “It’s scary. Bad. There’s four lives lost right there in that one act.”
He said his wife saw the three teens walking away from the house that morning. He stated, “She saw three of them, three teenagers coming out.”
The head of the beauty school where Mironovas was a student said she made an impact. “Everyone that we talked to this morning, everyone’s in shock,” said instructor Anthony Coco. “We just can’t believe it.”
“Definitely bonded with quite a few of the students here. So yeah, it’s sad that she’s gone,” added Coco.
All three teens made their first court appearance late Monday afternoon. Two are charged with murder. All three are charged with conspiracy to commit murder.
“It’s really sad. Our hearts go out to her family,” said Coco. “Hope that they can get though this.”
The judge ordered the teens detained at Long Creek in South Portland.
There is no ruling yet on whether the teens will be tried as adults. And because they are juveniles, we aren’t releasing their names.
If convicted as adults, they could get 25 years to life in prison.