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SEX-CHANGE WOMAN HELD IN KILLING OF HER MOTHER

A woman was charged Sunday with killing her elderly mother, whose body was found in her home outside Albany last month, police said.

Corianna Thompson, 45, was taken into custody Sunday morning and arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in the death of Jean Balashek, said Albany County Sheriff James Campbell.

Thompson, who used to be a man and was born Corey Wayne Balashek, was charged in 1981 with strangling 29-year-old Joanne Byles, a nurse enrolled in an inpatient program at Capital District Psychiatric Center where he worked. The then-21-year-old served nine years in prison, convicted of first-degree manslaughter.

Thompson was the one who reported finding the 86-year-old Balashek and was initially questioned for hours before being released.

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