Geoff Liesik, Deseret News
VERNAL — A Duchesne County woman has pleaded guilty to a pair of felonies and a pair of misdemeanors for her role in the shooting death of a Roosevelt man.
Shadow Marie Reed, of Myton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, assault, a class B misdemeanor, and committing a violent offense in the presence of a child, a class B misdemeanor.
Reed, 24, was initially charged in 8th District Court with murder and attempted murder, both first-degree felonies, as well as three counts of aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, and three counts of committing a violent act in the presence of a child, a class B misdemeanor.
The charges stemmed from the June 18, 2011, shooting death of 25-year-old James Edward Carey by Reed's boyfriend, Bruce Silva, during a confrontation at a Uintah County home. Another man was also wounded in the incident.
Prosecutors charged Reed, Silva, three of Silva's brothers, and one other person with murder, even though Silva was the only one to fire a shot. They based the charges on the legal principle of accomplice liability. A sixth individual was also indicted in federal court for his alleged role in the shooting based on the same principle.
Uintah County sheriff's detectives say Silva, 24, was upset because someone had vandalized his car. He took a group of people that included Reed and his brothers to confront the individuals he believed were responsible.
Silva had given Colin Rian Manning a handgun prior to going over to the home, according to detectives, and demanded the weapon back from him when the confrontation escalated. He then fired multiple shots, striking Carey in the head at least once.
After the shooting, Silva, Reed, Manning and Teaunna Cesspooch fled the Uintah Basin. Silva, who is a U.S. citizen, was later arrested in Tijuana, Mexico. The other three were arrested on the Wasatch Front.
Silva pleaded guilty in May to murder, first-degree felony, and aggravated assault, a second-degree felony. He was sentenced to serve 15 years to life in prison for the murder charge and a consecutive one-to-15-year term for the aggravated assault.
Silva's brothers and Cesspooch remain in the Uintah County Jail awaiting separate jury trials in state court.
The charges against Manning were filed in federal court because he is an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe, and the shooting occurred within the boundaries of the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation.
Manning is scheduled to go on trial Monday on charges of murder in the second degree while within Indian Country, assault causing serious bodily injury while within Indian Country, and use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. His attorneys, however, have asked for a continuance, citing ongoing plea negotiations with the U.S. Attorney's Office for Utah.
Reed, who gave birth to Silva's child while incarcerated, is due back in court Oct. 23 for sentencing. She faces a maximum sentence of up to 21 years in prison.
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