The final suspect, Hannah L. Knapke, 19, of Fort Recovery, in the killing of a Jay County man over an apparent child custody battle has pleaded guilty in her alleged role.
Knapke told investigators that she had agreed to the plan of driving to the bridge on County Road 125 W in Jay County with everyone involved where Shea Briar would be killed.
Knapke pleaded guilty through a plea agreement to Voluntary Manslaughter Intentional killing commit – def. acted under “sudden heat”.
The meaning of Voluntary manslaughter is the killing of another person under extreme provocation or while under the heat of passion. Typically, it does not require an intent to kill, but rather than the intent to do something else. In Indiana, voluntary manslaughter carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years. In Knapke’s plea bargain, the suggested sentence is 17.5 years with 7.5 years suspended
Knapke, who was scheduled to go on trail in November… will now be sentenced on November 17th.