(11-17-21) Jay Circuit Court Judge Brian Hutchison on Wednesday accepted the terms of a plea agreement calling for Hannah L. Knapke (20) of Fort Recovery, Ohio, to receive a sentence of 17 years and six months of incarceration, with all but 10 years suspended.
Knapke , who had pleaded guilty in September to voluntary manslaughter of Shea Briar, a Level 2 felony that carried up to 30 years in prison. Knapke was one of three women sentenced in the case.
Briar’s family released a statement after the sentencing.
“Twenty-two months after Shea’s murder justice has been served. Our family is so thankful for the Jay County Prosecutors office, Jay County Sheriff Department, Jay County Circuit Court and the community. Nothing will bring Shea back but we can now try and move forward by sharing his story and helping the community through the Shea Michael Briar Memorial Fund.”
In trials this year, Jay Circuit Court juries found Knapke’s co-defendants, Esther Jane Stephen (31) and Shelby Nichole Hiestand, (20 _— guilty of murder. Both Portland women were sentenced to 55 years in prison by Hutchison.