Woman who helped disguise Vanessa Guillén’s physique pleads responsible

A Texas girl who helped mutilate and conceal the physique of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillén pleaded responsible to federal costs Tuesday, prosecutors stated.

Cecily Aguilar, 24, helped the person who killed Guillén eliminate her physique and lied to investigators, the U.S. legal professional’s workplace for Western Texas stated in an announcement.

Guillén, 20, an Military specialist, was final seen alive at Fort Hood, Texas, on April 22, 2020, and her dismembered stays had been discovered round two months later.

The soldier who was suspected of killing Guillén, Spc. Aaron Robinson, fatally shot himself as police moved to arrest him. Authorities have stated Aguilar was Robinson’s girlfriend.

Aguilar pleaded responsible Tuesday to a rely of accent to homicide after the actual fact and three counts of false assertion or illustration, the U.S. legal professional’s workplace stated.

If she is convicted, Aguilar faces as much as 30 years in jail, however a choose will take into account federal sentencing pointers, the U.S. legal professional’s workplace stated. A sentencing date has not been set.

Prosecutors stated that along with serving to Robinson destroy and conceal the stays, she lied to investigators.

Guillén’s household stated they had been greatly surprised by Aguilar’s resolution to plead responsible. Aguilar was first arrested on a federal cost in July 2020.

“So many motions that she’s filed prior to now, for her to come back and plead responsible now, it takes us utterly without warning,” Mayra Guillén, Guillén’s older sister, instructed reporters outdoors court docket.

Attorneys listed as representing Aguilar didn’t instantly reply to an e mail looking for remark Tuesday evening.

Guillén’s killing, and revelations that she had been sexually harassed by a supervisor however that unit management took no motion, impressed authorized reforms to assist and defend victims of sexual assault within the army.

Key elements of the I Am Vanessa Guillén Act launched quite a few reforms, together with making sexual harassment a standalone offense within the army code and shifting prosecution selections to an workplace of the chief prosecutor.

They had been handed as a part of the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act, which was signed into regulation in December.