Suspect in mail carrier’s murder pleads guilty

One of three people accused of killing a woman and burning her body on the mesa pleaded guilty Thursday. 

Annie Rael admits to helping Alissa Bickett and Drake Bickett kill his grandmother, 65-year-old Marilyn Gandert, in January 2018. Gandert was in the process of evicting them for not paying their rent. 

Thursday, Rael pled guilty to second-degree murder and other charges. Her attorneys then explained  how the crime played out. 

Gandert was well-known in the community because she was a mail carrier. As part of the plea, Rael must testify against the other two suspects. 

She faces 12 years when she’s sentenced. She faced 15. 

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