One of two defendants in the murder case proceedings in the death of an Ohio woman in the Cochranton area last year abruptly entered a guilty plea to a charge of first-degree murder Thursday in Crawford County Court.
20 year-old Jade Olmstead was then sentenced to life in prison without parole.
For the guilty plea, charges of conspiracy and tampering with physical evidence were withdrawn.
Olmstead and 20 year-old Ashley Barber were charged in the death of 19 year-old Brandy Stevens, from Beaver Township, Ohio in May, 2012 at a property owned by Barber’s family in Wayne Township.
Investigators say Stevens had been beaten, kicked and bludgeoned with a shovel, and had then been buried in a shallow grave. Autopsy evidence showed the victim was probably still alive when she was buried.
Olmstead was to have faced trial later this month. A trial for Barber is scheduled for January.