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Final defendant in murder case is sentenced

The final person connected to a 2008 Red Wing murder was sent to jail Friday.

Janae Vonch, 21, was sentenced to spend a year in jail and up to three years on probation for her role in a murder case and for new, unrelated charges.

She pleaded guilty in November to aiding an offender. The plea deal originally called for six months' jail time.

But First District Court Judge Thomas Bibus on Friday tacked on another six months after Vonch pleaded guilty to offering forged checks, a charge stemming from a December 2008 incident.

Vonch testified Friday that she took several checks belonging to a friend and passed them at various Red Wing businesses. The checks totaled $469.12, she said.

That offense came nearly a year after the murder of Luis Orlando Galicia Mijangos, a 26-year-old Red Wing man who was shot to death by Marvin Todd Griffith.

Hours after the murder, Griffith's girlfriend, Erika Marie Sanchez, attempted to hide the murder weapon in Red Wing. She then decided to move it to St. Paul. Vonch admitted to driving Sanchez to St. Paul and helping her dispose of the gun in a sewer.

First District Court Judge Thomas Bibus noted that Vonch later led investigators to the gun, which was considered the most powerful piece of evidence in the case against Griffith and several other defendants.

"I have been impressed by the fact that you have expressed remorse for the horrible crime," Bibus told Vonch during sentencing.

She must also pay fines totaling $300 and $469.12 in restitution for the forgery case. Bibus also ordered Vonch to pitch in toward $7,030 in restitution for burial expenses.

Vonch will be eligible to work on a Sentencing to Service crew after four months, Bibus said.

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