Woman Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

Woman Pleads Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- A Hamilton Fork woman accused of hiding a murder suspect has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and will testify against him.

The plea was entered last week by Dionne Hastings, 24, whose boyfriend at the time, Harrison Cly, 25, Tuba City, Ariz., is charged with murder.

Cly is accused in the April 17 stabbing death of Richard Frank Lewis-Irwin, 28, Cedar Valley. Investigators said Lewis-Irwin was stabbed once with a pocket knife during a fight at a home in New Harmony, eight miles south of Cedar City.

Iron County interim Sheriff Mark Gower said that on the following day, Hastings went into the home where the stabbing took place. Deputies still were at the residence, and after a short interview with detectives, she told them where Cly was.

County Attorney Scott Garrett said that Hastings was incarcerated over 60 days before her plea agreement was made, so no additional jail time was requested.

'That's more time served than if she would have been convicted of the crime," Garrett said. "And, she had no previous criminal history."

Cly's trial is set for Oct. 12.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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