Woman Enters Alford Plea in Father's Murder
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on June 06, 2014 @ 6:16PM
Created on June 06, 2014 @ 10:12AM
A woman charged in connection to the death of her father entered an Alford plea in court Friday morning.
Kristyn Palmer and her husband, Michael Palmer, were both charged in the death of her father, Ed Wilson.
On Friday, Kristyn entered Alford pleas to forgery, uttering, and conspiracy.
In an Alford Plea, the criminal defendant does not admit the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge. The court will pronounce the defendant guilty. The defendant may plead guilty yet not admit all the facts that comprise the crime. An Alford plea allows defendant to plead guilty even while unable or unwilling to admit guilt. One example is a situation where the defendant has no recollection of the pertinent events due to intoxication or amnesia. A defendant making an Alford plea maintains his innocence of the offense charged. One reason for making such a plea may be to avoid being convicted on a more serious charge. Acceptance of an Alford plea is in the court's discretion.
A judge sentenced Kristyn to 2-15 years in prison, with credit for time already served. She received 1-10 years for forgery and 1-10 years for uttering. Those sentences will run at the same time. She'll then serve 1-5 years for conspiracy.
Michael Palmer was convicted of first degree murder in March. He was sentenced to life in prison.