Woman, 19, pleads guilty to mur­der con­spir­acy

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

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.

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