PORT ANGELES — Kallie Ann LeTellier has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for her role in a triple murder that occurred east of Port Angeles in December 2018.
LeTellier, 36, of Port Angeles was sentenced Tuesday for the shooting death of 26-year-old Tiffany May.
“She accepted responsibility and made it so that the (May) family, the survivors, did not have to sit through a trial and go through that immense grief,” Michele Devlin, Clallam County chief criminal deputy prosecuting attorney, said Wednesday.
LeTellier pleaded guilty in February to one count of second-degree murder with a firearm enhancement and agreed to testify against her co-defendants.
One of her co-defendants, Ryan Warren Ward, is expected to plead guilty in Clallam County Superior Court today, defense attorney Lane Wolfley said.
“I just think he felt it was the responsible thing to do,” Wolfley said.
Devlin and Wolfley would not comment Wednesday on their sentencing recommendation for Ward.
A third suspect, Dennis Marvin Bauer, is scheduled to go to trial on three counts of first-degree aggravated murder and numerous weapons violations Jan. 4.
The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said LeTellier shot May multiple times as May fled after witnessing the shootings of her boyfriend, Jordan Iverson, 27, and his father, Darrell Iverson, 57.
The murders occurred at Darrell Iverson’s residence on Bear Meadow Road on Dec. 26, 2018.
The bodies of Darrell and Jordan Iverson were found under a tarp in the front yard of the rural home on Dec. 31, 2018, investigators said.
May’s body was found later that day in a folded position in a locked shed on the Iverson property, prosecutors said.
Ward, 39, Bauer, 52, and LeTellier were each charged in January 2019 with three counts of aggravated first-degree murder with firearm enhancements for the killings. The victims were each shot multiple times, including once in the head, investigators said.
LeTellier was sentenced to 398 months on the murder case and 22 months on another matter that was resolved at the same time, Devlin said.
LeTellier would be 71 when released from prison if she serves the full 420 months.
Her criminal history, which factors into the length of the prison term, includes convictions for first-degree theft, forgery and trafficking in stolen property, court papers said.
Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson imposed the sentence as recommended by Devlin and LeTellier’s attorney, Stan Myers.
Bauer and Ward are each facing 19 charges, including three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and multiple counts of theft and firearms violations.
The Sheriff’s Office said the murders appeared to grow out of a disagreement between Bauer and Darrell Iverson over the treatment of LeTellier.
Firearms taken from the Iverson residence were allegedly put up for sale, investigators said.
Bauer is being held in the Clallam County jail on $3.5 million bail. Ward is being held in lieu of $3 million bail.
Bauer’s trial is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete and may be complicated by COVID-19.
Superior Court Judge Brent Basden issued a Wednesday order postponing all jury trials though Dec. 2 because of a spike in coronavirus cases in Clallam County.
The court had taken “significant steps” to keep trials safe during the pandemic, including altered courtroom configurations to allow jurors and other participants to maintain physical distance, Basden said.
“Within this context, the court has carefully considered the significant increase in the number of Clallam County citizens testing positive during the last seven days,” Basden wrote in the order.
“The court will continue to monitor case rates within Clallam County, and does not expect to resume jury trials until case rates fall below 75 per 100,000.”
Devlin said the state will be prepared to prosecute the Bauer case if it goes to trial as scheduled in January.
“Of course, we want to make sure that everything is safe,” Devlin added in a telephone interview.
“We’ll just leave it to the court’s discretion with regards to the safety for a trial that could last potentially seven to eight weeks, probably six to seven weeks. But the state is ready.”
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