SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma woman who pleaded no contest to a charge that she was an accessory to first-degree murder in her husband's death faces sentencing next month.
Raelynne Simonin, 25, was one of four defendants charged in the death of Jack "Vince" Purselley, 38, of Gans. Police say he was shot five times as he sat in a recliner at his living room.
Assistant District Attorney Tony Evans said Simonin entered a plea Tuesday as her trial was about to start. She did not have a plea deal with prosecutors and was ordered into custody pending sentencing Oct. 3.
The Southwest Times Record reported Wednesday (http://is.gd/CrpJC5) that a co-defendant, David Joseph Danylchuk, 54, of Sequoyah County faces sentencing the same day.
On July 29, a jury convicted Danylchuk of first-degree murder and conspiracy to feloniously point a firearm at Purselley. The jury recommended life in prison on the murder conviction, and 10 years and a $5,000 fine on the conspiracy conviction.
In August 2012, terminally ill co-defendant William Douglas "Doug" Daniel, 54, of Sallisaw pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence and his testimony in the other defendants' cases. Daniel testified that he shot Purselley on July 25, 2011, after Danylchuk held him at gunpoint and ordered him to shoot.
A plea agreement is pending for co-defendant Craig Neal Hart, 56, of Vian. Hart was offered the plea deal in exchange for his testimony against the other defendants. He is being held in the Sequoyah County jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond. Hart is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.
Hart also faces an impersonating a police officer charge for allegedly using a U.S. Marshals Service badge to gain entrance to the Purselley home.
Evans had said in 2011 that if the men didn't commit first-degree murder by planning the crime, they did so when they unlawfully entered Purselley's home with guns to try to scare him because Simonin wanted to end her relationship with him.
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