A northwestern Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the death of an Ohio woman found buried in a shallow grave last year.
Jade Olmstead, 20, tearfully pleaded guilty Thursday in Crawford County Court to first-degree murder in the death of Brandy Stevens, 19, of Beaver Township, Ohio.
Prosecutors alleged that Olmstead and 20-year-old Ashley Barber lured Ms. Stevens to their home near Cochranton in May 2012 and killed her because of a love triangle. They said the pair beat and choked Ms. Stevens and rolled her into a shallow grave, where she suffocated. Ms. Barber is scheduled for trial in January.
District Attorney Francis Schultz said Olmstead’s comments in a notebook after the killing proved that the crime was planned.
“That person didn’t deserve to have life,” Mr. Schultz read from the notebook. “Do I feel guilty? No, I feel proud.”