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Woman pleads guilty to lesser charges in Houston County double-homicide case

PERRY -- Another person indicted on murder charges in a 2013 execution-style double homicide in Houston County has made a deal with prosecutors.

Kristen Ann Beuthin, 20, of Loganville, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to two counts of concealing a death and one count of tampering with evidence, according to Houston County Superior Court records.

The plea agreement included dismissal of two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault, according to court records. She agreed to testify against others accused in the slayings.

Beuthin's sentence included 18 years on probation, first-offender status which would allow her to have her criminal record cleared after successfully serving the sentence, banishment from Houston and contiguous counties, and a $1,000 fine.

Justice Bernard Evans, 21, of Macon, previously struck a similar deal except his sentence included 10 years in prison and 20 years on probation.

That leaves three of the original five defendants facing trial, including accused shooter Thomas Andrew Kelley, 22, who was Beuthin's boyfriend at the time of the killings.

Kelley and Coleman Lawrence Crouch, 22, were indicted on two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of concealing a death and one count of tampering with evidence.

Another woman, Amy Patricia Walker, 21, of Macon, was indicted on two counts of concealing a death and one count of tampering with evidence. Walker was Evans' girlfriend at the time of the slayings, authorities said.

Kelley, Crouch and Walker have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

Kelley and Crouch are accused of the Aug. 18, 2013, drug-related slayings of two California men in a rented Chadwick Road residence where Crouch lived. Shaland D. McConnell, 30, and Ruben Guillermo Miranda, 32, both were shot in the back of the head with a .45-caliber Glock pistol.

Walker is accused of helping to clean up the crime scene and concealing the deaths.

The mens' bodies were dumped in a heavily wooded area off U.S. 41, Ga. 49 and North Houston Lake Road.

An insanity defense has been mounted on the behalf of Kelley, while attorneys for Crouch are seeking to have him tried separately.

Kelley and Crouch are being held at the Houston County jail without bond. Walker is free on a $10,000 bond.

Efforts to reach Assistant District Attorney Greg Winters and David Daniell, a Warner Robins attorney representing Beuthin, were unsuccessful Thursday.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559, or find her on Twitter@becpurser.

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