Ten years behind bars was the sentence given to 40-year-old Karen Depierre Friday by District Court Judge David Crockenberg.
Depierre plead guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and being an accessory to a crime, netting her three years in prison for the former and seven years for the latter. The sentences are set to run consecutively.
A first degree murder charge against Depierre was dropped as part of the plea arrangement.
Depierre was one of three women who convinced prominent Pueblo businessman Robert Piserchio to let them into his home on Stonemoor Drive in Pueblo County last December. During their stay, the women stole several items including Piserchio's wallet and check book. Depierre says she later passed the wallet off to Aaron Wilkerson and provided him with information about Piserchio and items of wealth in his home.
Allegedly, Wilkerson and three others went to Piserchio's home about a week later to rob him. Piserchio was found beaten, stabbed, and burned by first responders after a fire alarm brought them to the home.
Depierre is expected to testify against Wilkerson and his co-defendants, Matthew Barnes, Brandon Armijo and Acacia Lyndarr during their trials.
Even though Depierre was not present for Piserchio's murder, actions she took played a large part in it, said Judge Crockenberg before her sentencing.
Depierre has had several felony convictions, and has admitted to using and dealing methamphetamines while she's not in prison.
Deputy District Attorney Steve Cornetta explained his reasons behind moving forward with Depierre on a plea deal, saying that it was not an easy decision but that ultimately it would lead to stronger cases against the other defendants.
Piserchio's sister says the sentence wasn't exactly what they wanted, but they support the DA's decision. "We feel that the testimony and evidence that she will provide in prosecuting the remainder four people, we're hoping will strengthen the case, and that was the reason we agreed to the plea," says Leanne Piserchio-Corsentino.
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