Steamboat Springs A Yampa woman has pleaded guilty to concealing the death of the 32-year-old woman found dead in a Steamboat Springs hotel room March 15.
Kendra Parker, 22, originally was charged with felony aggravated motor vehicle theft. Concealing death is a Class 1 misdemeanor. She was sentenced to 36 hours of community service, one year of supervised probation and a $300 fine.
Police originally had arrested Parker and Oak Creek resident Samuel Wisecup Jr. on suspicion of stealing a car belonging to Gillian “Jill” Gentile, 32, of Yampa.
After a maid found Gentile's body slumped over a trash can at the Quality Inn & Suites, police initially thought Gentile’s death was suspicious and treated the investigation as a possible homicide. Police later uncovered a love triangle between Gentile, Wisecup and his girlfriend Parker.
Although police initially thought foul play might have been involved, they now think Wisecup spent the night with Gentile and then panicked after finding her dead. Police think Wisecup then went to pick up Parker before the two left town later in the day. Police arrested Wisecup and Parker at a hotel in Amarillo, Texas, the day after Gentile’s body was found.
Toxicology results later showed that Gentile had a potentially lethal combination of painkillers and alcohol in her system.
Wisecup has been extradited to the Routt County Jail where he still is being held. His bond has been set at $10,000, and he still is being charged with felony aggravated motor vehicle theft.
Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said Thursday that the felony aggravated motor vehicle theft charge was dropped against Parker because he would not have been able to prove that Parker knew Wisecup did not have permission to drive Gentile’s car.
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