Fallon Woman Pleads Guilty In Death Of Stepmother

A Fallon woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the March shooting death of her stepmother.

When District Judge David A. Huff asked 18-year-old Joanna Marie Plants what she had done, she replied, "I shot my stepmother."

"And was the shooting intentional?" Huff asked.

Choking back her emotions, Plants answered, "Yes, your honor."

Plants allegedly shot Ginger Plants in the head with a .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol March 5 after an argument.

Joanna Plants entered into a plea deal with the Churchill County District Attorney's office and pleaded guilty on Tuesday to first degree murder.

She originally was charged with open murder with the use of a firearm, first degree felony murder with the use of a firearm and unlawful use of a controlled substance.

She faces one of three penalties - life without the possibility of parole, life with the possibility of parole eligibility after 20 years or a term of 50 years with parole eligibility after 20 years.

Plants will be sentenced Oct. 23 in Churchill District Court.