1 of 9 suspects pleads in Topeka woman's death
Published on -2/15/2013, 3:08 PM
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- One of nine people charged in the killing of a Topeka woman and the wounding of her partner pleaded no contest to four charges.
Twenty-two-year-old Ronald Wakes of Topeka entered the plea Friday in the July 2011 death of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson and shooting of 43-year-old Lori Allison. The women were shot during a robbery attempt as they arrived at their home.
Wakes pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and attempted aggravated intimidation of a witness.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/11KWYTQ ) Wakes is scheduled to be sentenced March 26. Attorneys have recommended a sentence of 103 months.