Woman pleads guilty to role in slaying

A woman admitted Wednesday she helped three people accused of killing an Edgewood man during a home-invasion robbery destroy evidence and evade police.

Jenna N. Ford, 19, pleaded guilty in Pierce County Superior Court to three counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

Ford faces a standard-range sentence of one year, one month to one year, five months in prison when sentenced April 28.

Superior Court Commissioner Patrick Oishi released Ford on her own recognizance pending sentencing.

She wrote in court papers she helped her boyfriend, Kiyoshi A. Higashi, and associates Joshua N. Reese and Amanda C. Knight after they allegedly killed and robbed James Sanders, 43, in April 2010.

Prosecutors have charged the trio and Clabon T. Berniard with terrorizing Sanders, his wife and two children before Higashi allegedly shot Sanders when he fought back. The defendants targeted the family for robbery after Sanders advertised a ring and other items on the online classified advertising website Craigslist, according to court records.

Higashi, 22; Reese, 21; Knight, 22; and Berniard, 24; all have pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges.

They are scheduled to go to trial in January.