Women pleads guilty to killing apartment owner in 2017

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A 27-year-old woman has pleaded guilty in Spokane County Superior Court to first-degree murder and second-degree assault.

Anne Carpenter killed Danette Kane, owner of the Westview Manor apartment complex, and shot apartment manager Michael Troy, who is now blind in 2017. She was arrested days later armed with a 9mm handgun after a city-wide police search located her near the NorthTown Mall.

Court records say the killing may have been motivated by Carpenter’s father facing eviction, but the Kane family denied having any knowledge of the possible eviction, the Spokesman-Review reported.

The plea agreement agreement calls for 25 years in prison, plus five years for a “firearm enhancement,” Judge Maryann Moreno said. The second-degree assault sentence would be served at the same time as the murder sentence.

The mandatory minimum sentence for first-degree murder is 20 years. The maximum penalty for first-degree murder is life in prison and the maximum penalty for second-degree assault is 10 years in prison.

Retired Spokane County Superior Court Judge Jerome Leveque, who is representing the Kanes, said the family unanimously agreed that it will not object to the plea agreement pertaining to the murder charge.

Carpenter is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.