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Oacoma woman sentenced to 25 years in stabbing death

KENNEBEC--An Oacoma woman received a 25-year prison sentence for stabbing a man to death in September. Whitney Renae Turney, 27, was sentenced at the Lyman County Courthouse in Kennebec on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first degree manslaugh...

KENNEBEC-An Oacoma woman received a 25-year prison sentence for stabbing a man to death in September.

Whitney Renae Turney, 27, was sentenced at the Lyman County Courthouse in Kennebec on Wednesday after pleading guilty to first degree manslaughter in January.

Turney was charged shortly after the decomposing body of Calvin Shields was found under a bridge near Crow Creek tribal grounds. According to court documents, Turney stabbed Shields with a kitchen knife after a fight on Sept. 4. Shield's body was recovered on Sept. 7.

Turney was initially charged with second degree murder, but the Turney and the state entered a plea agreement on one count of first degree manslaughter.

Turney's alleged accomplice in concealing the body of Shields, Dayna Wells, 28, has been charged with accessory to a crime and misprision of a felony, but Wells' change of plea hearing was delayed when she was found to be suffering from a cerebral vascular accident, or brain bleed, in January. Wells' doctor, Michael J. Mcgrath, issued a report stating Wells is not competent to be making independent medical or major life decisions, nor is she capable of living independently.

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Turney allegedly contacted Wells after the stabbing and helped place Shields in a dumpster and wheel him to a truck. Turney and Wells allegedly transported Shields' body to the Crow Creek Reservation where they disposed of his body. The two also are believed to have hid the murder weapon in a dirt pile near the residence of John Vettleson.

Wells is scheduled for a status hearing on June 6.

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