Woman who pleaded guilty to murdering St. George woman receives sentence

Stevie Wilkerson is shown in a photo from Facebook. One of the three people charged in connection with her death has been sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Stevie Wilkerson is shown in a photo from Facebook. One of the three people charged in connection with her death has been sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison. (Facebook)



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CEDAR CITY — One of the three people charged in connection with the death of 26-year-old St. George resident Stevie Wilkerson has been sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Brittany Elizabeth Phillips, 28, who had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of murder, a first-degree felony, was sentenced Monday afternoon by 5th District Judge Matthew L. Bell.

As previously reported in St. George News / Cedar City News, Phillips is one of three defendants whom authorities have charged with involvement in Wilkerson's death in August of 2020, with the other two being Joseph Edward Fought and Maida Janet Martinez-Westfall. The three cases are being adjudicated separately, although each is being heard by Bell.

The trio are accused of transporting Wilkerson in a pickup truck north from St. George and into a remote part of western Iron County during what were purportedly Wilkerson's final hours on Aug. 9, 2020.

Wilkerson's remains were located approximately two weeks later; a state medical examiner ruled she had died as a result of homicide by gunshot.

At Monday's hearing, Phillips, who appeared via videoconference link from the Garfield County Jail in Panguitch, simply said, "No, your honor" when asked if she wanted to address the court prior to her sentencing.

Read the full article at St. George News.

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Jeff Richards

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