Woman pleads guilty to being accessory in sons' deadly Rogers County hit-and-run

Dorthea Butanda (Rogers County Jail)

ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) -- A woman whose sons were convicted of a deadly 2015 hit-and-run in Rogers County has pleaded guilty to her involvement in the crash.

Dorothea Butanda was charged with four separate counts of being an accessory after the fact. Her sons, Dakota and Gage Shriver, were sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Noelle New and seriously injuring Maranda Talley in the crash on a rural Rogers County road.

The brothers said they were fighting at the time of the crash. They left the scene before coming back and calling police and later testified that Butanda told them to tell investigators they hit a deer.

Butanda was due in court Thursday at which time her attorney's request for a continuance was denied. According to the district attorney's office, she pleaded guilty instead of going before a jury.

Butanda could face up to 29 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled April 3.

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