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Woman charged in fatal Lakewood Wal-Mart robbery to plead guilty

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2010 at 11:47 am with 10 Comments »
October 29, 2010 11:53 am

A former Lakewood Wal-Mart employee suspected of helping to plan the fatal robbery of an armored-car guard is scheduled to plead guilty next week.

Tonie Marie Williams-Irby, 43, previously pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated first-degree murder, first degree murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and two counts of criminal solicitation of first-degree robbery.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frederick Fleming is set to take Williams-Irby’s plea at 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to court records. ┬áIt could not be immediately determined what she’ll plead to.

Prosecutors contend Williams-Irby, who worked as a floor manager at the store until her arrest, provided her boyfriend and another man with inside information they used to plan the robbery of Kurt Husted.

Husted, 38, died June 1, 2009, after being shot in the head inside the store by one of two men who then stole a money bag from him. The shooter, Calvin Finley, pleaded guilty to aggravated murder in March and is serving a life sentence.

Williams-Irby’s boyfriend, Odies Walker, and Finley’s accomplice inside the store, Marshawn Turpin, are scheduled to go to trial next month.

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  1. Concernedfather says:

    Life w/o parole, the only sentence that makes sense here.
    For a fist full of dollars she caused a man’s death, his life had no value to her; so why should her life matter to us?

  2. littledude55 says:

    This was the worse planned robbery i have heard of in a while, they all got caught within 24 hours LOL

  3. weethepeople says:

    This should have been a cut and dried death penalty case for all involved.
    What’s wrong with the prosecuters in this case? Real justice denied!!
    Shame on the system.

  4. Pleading guilty to what? It sounds to me like she was the main player in this incident. Hope they don’t water it down for her!!

  5. sixpackjoe says:

    “For a fist full of dollars she caused a man’s death, his life had no value to her; so why should her life matter to us?”

    Because then we become the very thing we want justice for. It’s too easy to go eye for an eye… showing humanity for criminals is what sets us apart from the animals. And in every comment I see it’s always about revenge or vengeance… this is not justice.

  6. ” Showing humanity for criminal is what sets us apart from the animal.” ?? Yes and todays criminals are banking on that attitude, in the comments I see I see a population tired of a criminal justice system that is soft on crime ,Wa. State is one of the worst. Where is the real punishment now days. If the victim had been say your son or brother would you still feel so ‘compassionate” ??

  7. Any sentence in a Washington State Prisonyland Hotel is easy time !

    Welcome to the Hug-a-Thug State !

  8. Louis Nagy says:

    I worked with her at the Walmart in Lakewood. She should get the needle. Also I was in the store working in automotive department when this happened!!!! To include, they Williams and her boyfriend Otis including another individual were using automotive exit 3 weeks prior to robbery.

  9. Davenport says:

    What does using the automotive exit have to do with the case???? Im just wondering after reading the last comment

  10. Watching For MY Man…there it is….

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