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Rachael Ryan

FLORENCE – A Peoria woman has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for her role in an Apache Junction burglary that ended in the death of one man.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Rachael Ryan, 39, was sentenced to 22 years in prison with credit for 689 days served in jail on May 12.

Ryan accepted a plea agreement in February and pleaded guilty to one amended count of second degree murder. The remaining seven counts against her including one count of first degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, three counts of armed robbery and one count of burglary were dismissed.

According to Pinal County Sheriff’s Office records, Ryan unlocked a door to a home in the 1400 block of East 29th Avenue so two men could enter the home. The homeowner struggled with the two men and ended up shooting and killing Jonathan Chambers, 30, of Buckeye. Ryan and the other man, Aaron Ryan, 37, fled the area in a minivan.

A grand jury indicted Ryan on first-degree murder because Chambers was killed during the crime and Arizona law allows defendants to be charged with the deaths of their acomplices, even if they had no physical involvement in the killing.

Her co-defendant Aaron Ryan is still facing one count of first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, three counts of armed robbery and one count of burglary.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.