A 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty today to her role in a fatal 2010 gang-related shooting.
Leah Marie Aguilar Alvarez was convicted of conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery. Alvarez originally was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and the conspiracy charge in the March 25 death of Saul Lucas-Alfonso, 25. She’s to be sentenced later this year.
Lucas-Alfonso was shot to death by a member of a local street gang after he and two friends encountered gang members burglarizing a car in a South Tacoma alley.
Prosecutors said the gang members had gone to the area planning to rob another man to recover a debt when they confronted Lucas-Alfonso and his group.
Alvarez was accused of buying the gun used to kill Lucas-Alfonso and for helping to plan “debt collection” that ultimately led to the shooting.
Alvarez’s husband, Byron Alvarez, pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree murder in the case and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
Three other men are charged in Lucas-Alfonso’s death but remain at large. Authorities believe they have fled to Mexico.