A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to decades in prison for her role in her stepmother’s murder.
Tosha Mae Daley, 29, was sentenced Tuesday, January 21, to up to 60 years in a state prison for the 2017 killing of Jamie Ruth Daley, 46, PennLive.com reports. She pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and robbery in connection with her stepmom’s brutal death.
Her former boyfriend Nicholas Vonallen Shinn, 24, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last October and was sentenced to life behind bars, the Herald Mail Media reported at the time.
Shinn stabbed and beat Jamie Ruth to death in Dec. 2017. He told investigators Tosha asked him to “whack her stepmom" and offered him $30,000 to do so, according to an affidavit obtained by PennLive. It’s not clear if she ever paid him any money. Shinn claimed Tosha drove him to the scene and even handed him the knife used in the murder.
Tosha admitted to driving Shinn to her stepmom's house and to plotting to rob the home, according to PennLive. However, she claimed that the killing was not part of that plan. She also claimed she tried to warn her stepmom of the danger before arriving at the home.
Tosha's plea deal means she accepts responsibility that the planned robbery led to the death of her stepmom but disputes that the killing was planned, according to PennLive.
Shinn told investigators that Tosha wanted her stepmom dead over a car, a 2017 PennLive article reported. The two had been arguing about the repossession of the car in question.
A tow truck driver instructed to pick it up for repossession around the time of the murder heard a fight inside Jamie Ruth's Greene Township home. The altercation prompted the tow truck driver to call police, and soon after the victim was found bleeding and badly hurt with blunt force trauma and stab wounds by a neighbor's home. She was later pronounced dead at the scene.
The tow truck driver provided a description of the car he was trying to repossess, which led to Shinn and Tosa. In addition to stealing the car, Shinn was found with the victim’s wallet and credit card when he was arrested.
Conspiracy, burglary and theft charges were dropped for both defendants after they made their respective plea deals.