ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The Albuquerque woman who played a major role in the murders of two innocent women last year took a plea deal Tuesday that will drastically cut her potential sentence.
Shalaka Booker was facing two counts of murder and other charges for the killings of May Valerio, 25, and Naomi Trujillo, 26, on April 28, 2012.
The two women were gunned down in their apartment at the Warren House near Lomas Boulevard NE and Louisiana.
Valerio was found dead in her closet, Trujillo in the doorway of the apartment. Both left behind young children.
Authorities say the woman accidentally crossed paths with Booker in the complex when they heard her fighting with her ex-boyfriend who lived down the way.
A physical fight began, and Booker left but came back with her current boyfriend, Alfonso Thompson. Investigators allege Booker told Thompson to shoot into the women's apartment.
He is charged with doing that and killing Valerio and Trujillo.
Under Booker's deal with prosecutors she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to shooting at an occupied dwelling, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence. That cuts her potential sentence from life to 10 1/2 years.
As part of the deal Booker must testify truthfully in Thompson's trial, which is scheduled for December. If she doesn't, she could be put on trial for murder.
Thompson also faces federal charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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