A woman who pleaded guilty to accessory to murder is expected to spend very little time in prison.
Courtney Manzer, 27, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp said.
“She helped conceal the involvement in the murder of Jarret Clark,” Thorp said.
A Wagoner County district judge sentenced Manzer on Monday to seven years in prison: two years in prison and five suspended. Manzer has already spent nearly two years in jail, which count toward her sentence, Thorp said.
Prosecutors had initially charged Manzer with first-degree murder, stemming from the 2006 murder of Clark, 18, of Broken Arrow, according to court records. The Broken Arrow teenager was reported missing on Mother’s Day in 2006 after he failed to come home from a party in the Wahoo Bay area of Fort Gibson Lake.
His body was found four days later, floating 300 yards off the point of Wahoo Bay.
Manzer knew about Clark’s murder after the fact and lied about others’ involvement, Thorp said. One other person — Dayna Miller, 30, also known as Dayna Hargrove — has not yet been prosecuted in Clark’s case. The assistant district attorney said he expects to work out a plea agreement with Miller.
Manzer and Miller cooperated with prosecutors and law enforcers against Anthony Wallen, 32, of Haskell. Wallen pleaded no contest in June to conspiracy to commit second-degree murder. A district court judge sentenced Wallen to 20 years — eight years in prison and 12 years suspended, according to a previous story.
A fourth person implicated in the case, Brandon Hargrove of Wagoner, died in July 2008 after a fatal collision.
Hargrove, 20, was a passenger in a car whose driver lost control, partially submerging the car in a Wagoner County creek near Coweta. Charges were never filed against him.
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