Mary Alice Reporting – A woman charged in the dumping of Amber Sherrell’s body has decided to change her original not guilty plea.
Cekoyia Riechers, 25, of Akron, had a status hearing scheduled for Tuesday, but after not showing up, Judge Michael Ernest decided to not issue a warrant until Wednesday, which was scheduled as the trial date.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Riechers did appear and pled guilty to the five-count indictment that was handed down by the grand jury and read by Judge Ernest.
“Count one tampering with evidence, count two also a felony of the third degree is tampering with evidence, and then count three is also tampering with evidence. Count four is gross abuse of a corpse and count five is failure to report knowledge of a death.”
The tampering counts each have the potential for up to 36 months in prison and a possible fine. Count four has the possibility of up to 12 months of incarceration and a possible fine and the final count is limited to 30 days jail time.
The State of Ohio has made a sentence recommendation that the judge is not bound to issue.
An August 23rd sentence hearing is scheduled and a pre-sentence investigation will be compiled.
The co-defendant in the October incident, Daniel Fitzgerald, is facing four charge counts and has a final pretrial scheduled for August 9th and a status hearing on August 16th.
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