Woman, 19, pleads guilty to murder conspiracy
A 19-year-old woman Thursday pleaded guilty in connection with the murder of a Pierce woman in a case involving stolen prescription drugs and multiple suspects described as biker-gang members.
Karly Hanchett pleaded guilty in Weld County District Court to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and violent crime causing death, according to the Weld County district attorney’s office. Hanchett faces a 48-year prison sentence for her role in the disappearance and death of 34year-old Tera Lewandowski.
Lewandowski was reported missing in September 2015 after she didn’t show up for a doctor’s appointment. Her body was found in April in Laramie County, Wyo., nearly 100 miles from Pierce.
Hanchett’s brother, Scott, 22, who last week pleaded guilty to several charges in the case, is awaiting his sentence. Also charged in the case is former Pierce town board member Daniel “D.J.” Meyer. Meyer, the Hanchetts, co-defendants Michael and Thomas Vassil, and Chad Iler are members of the “21 Biker Gang,” according to the district attorney’s office. Meyer is scheduled for trial in May, and Iler has been sentenced to three years in prison in the case.
The prosecution against deputy to search the trailer after being issued a warning for failing to drive in a designated lane.
The Prowers County Sheriff’s Office says the pot was stashed in 11 bundles inside the trailer.
The driver was not arrested, and authorities continue to investigate the case. The marijuana, however, was seized.
Body was burned
B pueblo» Someone tried to burn a woman’s body that was found last week discarded in a gully near the Pueblo Motorsports Park, police said Thursday. The remains of Deborah Ann Garcia, 44, were found the afternoon of Nov. 29.
Investigators say they believe Garcia’s body was desecrated after she died. the Vassils is ongoing.
According to prosecutors, Lewandowski, based on prior testimony, had an argument with Karly Hanchett and Meyer over “stolen” prescription drugs. Several days later, Lewandowski was confronted again, and Karly Hanchett hit her on the back of the head with an object. Meyer then allegedly stabbed the victim in the chest with a hunting knife, the district attorney’s office said.
The group then carried out an elaborate coverup by burning the victim’s belongings, removing portions of blood-stained carpet from the murder scene and dropping the body off in a field in Wyoming.
College student fined for vandalizing Utah ruins
B durango» A Fort Lewis College student has been fined $250 for defacing ancient American Indian ruins while in Utah.
A Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman said Wednesday that the agency mailed a citation to one student, although she did not identify the person.
Ten students who participated in a Fort Lewis College Outdoor Pursuits overnight trip in October were under fire after some of them wrote on the ruins in black charcoal.
Photos surfaced showing the words “Fort Lewis College OP 2016” written on the rock wall of Fish Mouth Cave in the Comb Ridge area near Bluff, Utah.