MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- 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 Stevens to their home near Cochranton in May 2012 and killed her because of a love triangle. They said the pair beat and choked Stevens and rolled her into a shallow grave, where she suffocated. Barber is scheduled for trial in January.
When the judge asked why they invited Stevens to their home, Olmstead said, "We were going to kill her," The Meadville Tribune reported.
When Stevens arrived, Olmstead walked her to the nearby woods where Barber was hiding, and the two then beat Stevens, she said.
Relatives and friends of the victim sobbed as Olmstead testified that she hit Stevens in the head repeatedly with a shovel while Barber held her face down on the ground. She said they then placed the victim in the grave they had dug beforehand and covered her with dirt, then burned some of her possessions to cover up the crime.
District Attorney Francis Schultz said an autopsy indicated that Stevens was still breathing "when this defendant buried her in the ground."
He also said Olmstead's comments in a notebook after the killing proved that the crime was planned.
"That person didn't deserve to have life," Schultz read from the notebook. "Do I feel guilty? No, I feel proud."
The victim's aunt, Brenda Barrett, called Olmstead "a cruel and sick-minded person."
"You deserve much more than life in prison," she said. "You deserve every bit of torture you gave Brandy -- and then some."
Olmstead's father, Donald, said his daughter had been molested by a neighbor when she was 13, but the man was never prosecuted.
"I don't want her portrayed as a monster," he said. "I'm truly sorry for the family."