Topeka woman pleads no contest in shooting death


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TOPEKA, Kansas — A 36-year-old Topeka woman has pleaded no contest to reduced charges in a shooting death.

Jamie Engstrom is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 15 for conspiracy to commit second-degree murder and other charges in the Feb. 13, 2013, shooting death of 34-year-old Ricky Mitchell of Topeka and the wounding of 28-year-old Bridget Gakle of Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1mNwrhI ) Engstrom made the pleas Wednesday in Shawnee County court.

Prosecutors are expected to ask the judge to impose prison terms totaling about 14 years. Her sentences are expected to run concurrently with sentences in in Nebraska, where she and her husband, Michael Dean Engstrom, were captured.

Michael Dean Engstrom pleaded guilty earlier to felony first-degree murder and other charges and was sentenced to life in prison.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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