The last of nine defendants charged in the shooting death of a Topeka woman and the wounding of her partner has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.
Michael Wilkins, 24, pleaded guilty to a firearms charge Thursday. Wilkins' plea wrapped up prosecutions in the June 2011 death of 40-year-old Natalie Gibson and the wounding of Lori Allison. Prosecutors said the women were shot in 2011 when they returned home while the suspects were planning to break into their house.
Of the nine defendants, the shooter was sentenced to life in prison, two were convicted of reckless second-degree murder and one was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The others were convicted of various crimes, such as aggravated burglary, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
A projected sentence for Wilkins hasn't been decided, but the maximum term he could receive would be 10 years in a federal prison. The federal sentence is to run consecutively to a conviction in Shawnee County District Court. In that case, Wilkins was sentenced Feb. 1 to nearly eight years for aggravated robbery.
U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot said Wilkins also has a felony conviction for making a terroristic threat in 2008 in Douglas County, Neb.
Wilkins is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6 in federal court.