DECATUR, Illinois — A central Illinois woman has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 years in prison in connection with the 2011 killings of two women and wounding of a third in Harristown.
Katrina Giles entered the plea to one count of first-degree murder on Monday, the same day her trial was to begin, the (Decatur) Herald and Review (http://bit.ly/1iyj0Tc ) reported. Her brother, Timothy Giles, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to the murders earlier this year.
Katrina Giles was given 35 years for the first-degree murder count plus 15 years for using a firearm. She was a 20-year-old pharmacy technician student when she was arrested.
The pair admitted to the stabbing and shooting deaths of Cindanette Eaton, 57, and her daughter, Lindsey Eaton, 23, at their Harristown home. Casey Eaton, Cindanette Eatson's daughter, was injured in the attack.
Timothy Giles was a Marine recruiter stationed in Centralia in 2001. He had recently lost a custody battle over his infant daughter with Casey Eaton. Prosecutors say Timothy Giles attacked the women and contacted Katrina Giles.
The newspaper reported that the brother and sister exchanged text messages on plans to attack the family.
Katrina Giles apologized in court to her family and the Eaton family.
"I understand if they can't forgive me because I can't forgive myself," she said. "I am not a completely bad person. I want everyone to know that I'm sorry."
Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com