By JOHN SEEWER and KANTELE FRANKO, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio girl pleaded responsible Friday to serving to plan the killings of eight members of a household, turning into the second member of her family to admit to a position in a surprising crime prosecutors say stemmed from a dispute over custody of her granddaughter.
Angela Wagner, 50, pleaded responsible in southern Ohio’s Pike County to conspiracy to commit aggravated homicide, together with housebreaking, proof tampering and different costs.
In trade for the plea, prosecutors dropped aggravated homicide costs in opposition to her and really helpful that she serve a 30-year jail sentence. Her settlement to testify in opposition to different remaining defendants was additionally half of the deal, they stated.
Her husband and their two grownup sons additionally had been charged in the 2016 slayings of seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden household. Wagner’s plea comes practically 5 months after her son Edward “Jake” Wagner pleaded responsible to aggravated homicide and different costs and agreed to testify in opposition to the opposite three in a deal that might assist all 4 keep away from potential demise sentences.
George “Billy” Wagner III and George Wagner IV have pleaded not responsible.
The deadly shootings at three trailers and a camper close to Piketon in April 2016 terrified residents in a stretch of rural Ohio and launched one of the state’s most intensive legal investigations, which led to the Wagners’ arrest greater than two years later.
Most of the victims had been repeatedly shot in the pinnacle, and a few confirmed indicators of bruising. Three younger youngsters on the scenes had been unhurt.
The victims had been 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three youngsters, 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Jr., and 19-year-old Hanna; Clarence Rhoden’s fiancee, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden.
Prosecutors say the Wagner household deliberate the killings for months, motivated by a dispute over custody of the daughter Jake Wagner had with Hanna Rhoden.
The Wagners used weapons with do-it-yourself silencers, permitting them to kill their victims as they slept, in accordance to one of the lead prosecutors.
Jake Wagner pleaded responsible in April on the fifth anniversary of the slayings and stated in courtroom that he was “deeply and really sorry.” He hasn’t been sentenced, however his lawyer stated he understood that he would spend his life in jail.
Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother, Tony Rhoden Sr., has stated the household was grateful for the primary plea as “some semblance of justice.”
He additionally has sued the Wagners. That case is pending.
Seewer reported from Toledo.
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