Authorities say a Baxter County woman has been sentenced to 30 years in the Arkansas Department Of Corrections after she pled guilty in the stabbing death of a 72-year-old friend of her family.

Amber Lea Runau, 23, of Gassville, plead guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree murder of Sharon Gayle Adler in Baxter County Circuit Court this week.

Adler was reported to have been the longtime family friend and former babysitter for Runau and her older sister.

On Aug. 17, 2020, authorities say Amber Runau called 911 and told them she had stabbed Adler in the heart with a large kitchen knife.

Authorities say when Runau made the 911 call, she was reported to have said she became upset when she could not fix a picture frame and took out her anger on Adler.

Runau’s arrest affidavit stated when officers arrived on the scene, she told them her story of stabbing the victim in a “very matter of fact manner,” and further added she watched the eyes of Adler as she died.

The affidavit reported Adler was found deceased, sitting in a recliner with a knife protruding from her chest.

Amber Runau’s older sister, Anna, is currently an inmate in the state prison at Newport serving a 20-year sentence for attempted murder.

In May 2016, Anna Runau pled no contest to charges she lured a Salem man to Lake Norfork where she stabbed him seven times.

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