Daniel A. McCartney

Former Pierce County Deputy Daniel A. McCartney 

The News Tribune reports that a woman facing charges related to the killing of Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney, who lived in Yelm, pleaded guilty to rendering criminal assistance in the case Wednesday.

Brenda Troyer, who was accused of driving two men to the robbery where McCartney was killed, is set to be sentenced in October, the newspaper reported.

In January of 2018, McCartney, a Yelm resident, responded to the scene of a reported home invasion on the 5100 block of 200th Street East, near Fredrickson, according to Nisqually Valley News reports.

Dispatchers said they heard screaming and sounds of a disturbance at the scene. When McCartney arrived less than six minutes later, gunfire broke out that would eventually prove fatal for McCartney, who died after being transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

McCartney left behind three children and a wife named Cierra, according to The News Tribune.

Frank William Pawul was given life in prison without the possibility of parole by Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend, the News Tribune reported. He pleaded guilty to aggravated first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery and unlawful gun possession.

A Pierce County Sheriff’s Office official told The News Tribune that Troyer "provided F. Pawul with information as to the location of law enforcement in order that he could avoid apprehension."

The second man involved in the robbery, 35-year-old Henry Cardento, died of multiple wounds, including a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, The News Tribune reported.

Another defendant, Samantha Dawn Jones, is also charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping in the case. She’s being held on $2 million bail, according to The News Tribune.

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