Noe accepts plea agreement
Ponca City Now - January 20, 2015 1:47 pm
Beverly Sue Noe, 67, accepted a plea deal Tuesday and pleaded no contest to three counts of accessory to first-degree murder.
According to a report in The Oklahoman, Noe was fined $1,500 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Noe originally was charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Wendy Camp, Cynthia Britto, and Lisa Kregear more than 20 years ago.
Camp, 23, was Noe’s former daughter-in-law. Britto was Camp’s 6-year-old daughter and Kregear, 22, was Camp’s sister-in-law.
Their skeletal remains were recovered in April 2013 from a grave in a pasture near Terlton after her brother told investigators to dig there. The brother, Grover Junior Prewitt, said she admitted in 2013 her involvement in the deaths.
If Noe had rejected the deal, she would have gone to trial in February.
As part of her deal, she was ordered to prison for 15 years, followed by probation for 15 years.
Prosecutors alleged in the charge that Noe acted “together and in concert with” her mother, Ida Mae Prewitt, who died in 2011. Prosecutors allege Camp was killed because she was trying to regain custody of her son, then 4, who was being raised by Noe.
The three were declared missing after they went to visit Camp’s son in Shamrock, Okla.
Noe was long a suspect in the case because she had picked them up in Oklahoma City for the court-ordered visit. She claimed for years that she had dropped the three off at a Chandler Walmart.
She changed her account after her arrest, claiming for the first time that her mother had agreed to drive the three back to Oklahoma City for her.
Prosecutors said they offered the deal in part because their key witness, Grover Junior Prewitt, is in extremely poor health and may not have been available for trial.
Prewitt, 62, of Bristow, is charged with accessory to first-degree murder. He once owned the property where the bodies were found.
He had a hole dug for his mother for a septic tank after she bought five acres from him. He had the hole filled in after the disappearances at his mother’s request. He told investigators his mother told him to “because there’s a couple of dead bodies in there,” according to a court affidavit.