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Woman pleads guilty to murder in sheriff’s deputy death

February 13, 2020 GMT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 31-year-old woman pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Tuesday for her role in the death of Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney.

Samantha Dawn Jones is one of three people charged in connection to McCartney’s death, The News Tribune reported. She is scheduled to be sentenced later this year under a standard sentencing range of roughly 22 to 30 years in prison.

McCartney, 34, was shot Jan. 7, 2018 while responding to a home invasion in the Frederickson area.

Jones’ plea paperwork said she and others discussed getting property that belonged to her from someone who lived at that residence, but she wasn’t aware there was going to be a robbery or that the others were armed. The statement said she mourned the deputy’s death.

The shooter, Frank Pawul, now 34, was sentenced to life without parole in 2018 after he pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree murder and other crimes.

Brenda Troyer, Pawul’s girlfriend, drove them to the home and was allegedly told Pawul was going there to buy a car.

Troyer, 54, has pleaded guilty to first-degree rendering criminal assistance and is scheduled to be sentenced later this year.