Joanna Plants, 17, Pleaded Guilty Murder of Her Stepmother.

By: VANESSA BURCH
By: VANESSA BURCH

The sentencing of Joanna Plants, 18, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of her stepmother, Ginger Plants, 42, at the family's Fallon home earlier this year has been postponed until Dec. 4 at 1 p.m.

Plants' sentencing was scheduled to take place Tuesday, Oct. 23, but according to District Attorney Arthur Mallory, District Court Judge David Huff fell ill and was unable to preside over the case.

"There were no objections to the rescheduling," said Deputy District Attorney Lane Mills.

Besides, Mallory said that Plant's attorney, County Public Defender Paul Drakulich, "wanted more time."

Plants, who was 17 when she shot the wife of her father, Tim Plants, was tried as an adult since the charge against her was murder, said Mallory.

When sentenced, Plants will receive one of three penalties.

According to Mallory, Plants faces life without the possibility of parole, life with the possibility of parole or a 50-year term with the possibility of "She has to serve a minimum of 20 years before they would even consider her for parole," said Mallory.

According to the Churchill County Sherriff's Department, Plants will be held at the Churchill County Jail until the time of sentencing.

Where Plants ultimately ends up is the decision of the Nevada State Prison System, said Mallory.


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