BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The girlfriend of Kyle Navin has pleaded guilty to helping him murder his parents, whose bodies were found buried in a Weston backyard two years ago, according to the Connecticut Post.
Jennifer Valiante, 31, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and hindering prosecution under the Alford Doctrine on Friday, according to the Connecticut Post. A plea under the Alford Doctrine means that she does not admit guilt, but concedes that should would be found guilty under the evidence.
Jeanette and Jeffrey Navin of Easton were reported missing in August 215, and their remains were found in the yard of a home on Norfield Road in Weston in October 2015. The day that the remains were discovered and identified, police arrested their son, Kyle Navin, and his girlfriend, Valiante, and charged them in connection with their deaths.
According to the arrest warrant for the couple, Kyle Navin was in financial trouble, and owed $133,000 to his parents. In a series of text messages between Kyle Navin and Valiante he expressed the need to come up with a plan to get money from his parents.
"We need to figure out what the best way to take them down,” he said in a text message to Valiante, according to the warrant. “We got to figure out I’m got to be real smart and do it quick.”
After Valiante pleaded guilty Friday under the Alford Doctrine on Friday, a judge found her guilty and said he would impose a sentence of 16 years, according to the Connecticut Post. The sentenced will be suspended after she serves eight years in prison, and will be followed by five years' probation, the Connecticut Post reported.
Valiante is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 26, according to the Connecticut Post.
Navin, who is charged with two counts of murder and one count of murder under special circumstances, is next scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 6.
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