Only one person was charged in 2020: The Killing of Vanessa GuillenA soldier at Fort Hood in Texas pleaded guilty Tuesday to four charges including accessory to murder.
Cecily Aguilar (24 years old) faces the maximum penalty of 30 years in Prison sentence of three years of Prosecutors stated that she received supervised release as well as a $1 million fine. She also pleaded guilty on three charges of False statement or representation
Specialist Guillen, 20, was last seen April 22, 2020. at Fort Hood, the nation’s third-largest Army base. Prosecutors allege that she was repeatedly struck in the head with a stick by Specialist Aaron Robinson who, according to her, killed her and concealed her body. in a large box.
Specialist Robinson was detained but he managed to escape and kill himself with a gun days before the charges were filed. in July 2020.
Specialist Guillen’s case drew outrage from many, including celebrities, lawmakers, women in Military and Latinos
A military investigation was conducted “major flaws” at Fort Hood A climate that was “permissive of sexual harassment and sexual assault,” Harassment included of Specialist Guillen. This led to 14 high-ranking officials being fired or suspended.
A Netflix documentary “I Am Vanessa Guillen,” Published Nov. 17, brought more attention to the case, telling its story of her family’s push for justice. A federal law The same law, which became effective January 1, requires that all sexual harassment complaints against service personnel be submitted to an independent investigator.
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Justice Department officials said that Specialist Robinson’s girlfriend, Ms. Aguilar, had been told about the killing and that the couple had tried to dismember and burn the remains.
Ms. Aguilar supported Specialist Robinson between April 22 and July 1, 2020. in “corruptly altering, destroying, mutilating and concealing evidence,” to prevent him from being prosecuted, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.
She also altered or destroyed information in Specialist Robinson will have a Google account,” the statement stated.
Ms. Aguilar initially denied knowing anything, but later admitted that she played a part in the investigation in The disposal of Prosecutors said that the body was dead. in court documents.
“During the investigation into the disappearance of Vanessa Guillen, Aguilar made four materially false statements to federal investigators,” According to the statement.
The federal public defender’s office for the Western District of Texas, which represents Ms. Aguilar declined to comment.
A sentencing date has not been set, said Michael Lahrman, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Ms. Aguilar was originally scheduled to stand trial before her plea. in January.
Ms. Aguilar was charged as a civilian with 11 counts. Before Tuesday, she had pleaded not guilty on all charges, so the plea came as a surprise, said Natalie Khawam, the Guillens’ lawyer.
“We were just looking for the day where she would just confess and admit to her crime, and the harm that was committed on this family,” She said that she added: “Today’s admission to guilt provides us some relief.”
Ms. Khawam became a Specialist Guillen’s case in 2020 without the need to charge the family of Finding her alive. When her remains were found, the focus shifted to justice and accountability for her death — and avoiding future ones like it.
Specialist Guillen’s family will provide testimonies to the judge for Ms. Aguilar’s sentencing. Continuous advocacy and court appearances have prolonged the process. of Mayra, her sister, expressed sorrow at the loss. Guillen.
“It gives me some comfort knowing that she’s admitting to what she did and she’s not going to keep fighting us, but definitely it’s not a closed case until the day of sentencing,” She said.
After Ms. Aguilar’s sentencing, the family’s advocacy will continue to focus on other people in The Army has a list of Specialists who have been victims to sexual harassment. Guillen’s own harassment.
“I only ask God for true justice, because she’s not the only one responsible,” Gloria, Gloria’s mother said this. Guillen. “I know there are more, and I hope to God that the truth comes to light.”