Plea bargain set in exchange for testimony in triple murder

Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson acceps Kallie Ann LeTellier’s guilty plea

Kallie Ann Letellier

Kallie Ann Letellier

PORT ANGELES — One of three people charged with a triple homicide east of Port Angeles in December 2018 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and agreed to testify against her co-defendants.

Kallie Ann LeTellier, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of second-degree murder with a firearm enhancement for the Dec. 26, 2018 shooting death of 26-year-old Tiffany May.

LeTellier would serve 35 years in prison under the terms of a cooperation agreement that was negotiated by Clallam County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Michele Devlin and defense attorney Larry Freedman.

“I feel it is a fair resolution,” Devlin said after the court hearing.

“Her offender score and her actions dictated what the offer was.”

Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson accepted LeTellier’s guilty plea and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation by the state Department of Corrections. A review hearing was set for May 29.

2019 charges

LeTellier and two co-defendants, Dennis Marvin Bauer, 51, and Ryan Warren Ward, 38, were each charged in January 2019 with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder with firearm enhancements for the murders of Darrell Iverson, 57, Jordan Iverson, 27, and May.

LeTellier will not be sentenced until the Bauer and Ward cases are adjudicated.

According to the agreement signed by LeTellier, she will cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors and testify “fully and truthfully” at Bauer and Ward’s trials.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said the murders appeared to grow out of a disagreement between Bauer and Darrell Iverson over the treatment of LeTellier.

The victims lived at Darrell Iverson’s residence at 52 Bear Meadow Road, where nearly 1,000 pieces of evidence were collected. Some of that evidence is still being processed at a State Patrol crime lab.

Ward’s trial is scheduled for May 4.

Bauer’s trial is scheduled to begin June 8.

Based on LeTellier’s offender score and the firearm enhancement to the murder charge, she is facing a standard sentencing range of 29 years, 10 months on the low end to 38 years, one month on the high end.

The sentencing judge is not required to follow the sentencing recommendation. Second-degree murder is punishable by a maximum of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Erickson read the cooperation agreement in court Tuesday. LeTellier said she understood each condition.

As part of the plea agreement, Erickson revoked LeTellier’s drug offender sentencing alternative, or DOSA, sentences in two prior cases.

LeTellier was charged in 2009 with second-degree identity theft and forgery. She was charged in 2017 with first-degree theft and two counts of trafficking in stolen property.

LeTellier was sentenced Tuesday to 22 months confinement on the identity theft case and 43 months on the trafficking case, according to warrants of commitment.

Those sentences will run concurrent to the murder sentence, meaning they will be served at the same time.

Erickson signed an order revoking LeTellier’s $3 million bail. LeTellier was being held in the Clallam County jail Tuesday.

“She may be transported to DOC,” Devlin said in court Tuesday, referring to state prison.

“We will bring her back with a transport order when the time is right.”

Erickson appointed Port Angeles attorney Stan Myers as LeTellier’s co-counsel. Freedman said he is retiring in May after 57 years in law.

“I’ve been over this matter with him,” Freedman told the judge.

“The arrangements are pretty well set in this matter so that he won’t have to replicate everything I’ve already done.”

LeTellier will be allowed to appear by telephone for the May 29 review hearing.

Ward and Bauer are being held at the Jefferson and Kitsap County jails, respectively.

Bauer is being held on $3.5 million bail. Ward is being held on $3 million bail.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected].

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