Many anticipated a drawn-out trial in the death of a 62-year-old woman who was attacked in Washington in 2011, but the jury came to court on Dec. 2, 2013, to find that the parties had reached a plea agreement. The accused man, 36, was sentenced to two decades in prison for second-degree murder, and the jurors were dismissed. Although the investigation of the deadly assault of the woman lasted two years before the accused man's sentencing, authorities think that additional information about the involvement of at least two more people will become known.
The case stems from events on Nov. 23, 2011, when the woman went to a grocery store to pick up her monthly prescriptions for painkillers. Authorities found her body the next day with a stab wound, bruises and burns indicating a stun gun had been used on her. Some of the pain medication was missing along with a safe. However, cash and other valuables were still in the home. Footprints at the scene led authorities to believe that two people were present when she died.
DNA evidence led authorities to the 36-year-old man, an associate of the woman's son, who confessed to entering her home and stabbing the woman in an attempt to retrieve a stolen cell phone. The man claimed that the stun gun and assault wounds were caused by another person but allegedly refused to give investigators the names of any other individuals involved.
Those charged with murder of any degree in Washington could face a lengthy prison sentence or even the death penalty. A criminal defense attorney might be able to negotiate a plea deal to eliminate the need for a trial and potentially reduce the final sentence.
Source: The Spokesman Review, "Bryant not lone guilty party in Campton death, officials believe", Kip Hill , December 22, 2013