A woman accused of taking part in the killing of a man in 2015 has entered a plea in the case in Pontotoc County District Court.
Sheila Denice Arles, 37, of Byng recently pleaded no contest to an amended charge of second-degree murder. She was originally charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Arles is accused in the Sept. 24, 2015, death of 29-year-old Jose Cruz Prado.
The plea is blind, which means there is no agreement with the state on sentencing. Arles’ punishment will be up to District Judge Steven Kessinger.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Tillison said Arles could face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled 9 a.m. April 3.
Arles is accused — along with her 18-year-old son Ben McIntosh IV — of committing the crime.
McIntosh is also charged in the case. He is scheduled for jury trial March 27, according to court records.
Prado’s body was found in a small travel trailer where he lived on a ranch located on County Road 1510, two miles north of Ada. He was shot to death with a 9 mm handgun.
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Josh Dean testified at an earlier court proceeding that the motive for the crime was robbery. Arles allegedly went to the ranch the evening of Sept. 23 looking for someone else who lived there, but the person was not there at the time. She was allegedly going to trade sexual favors for money.
She allegedly told Dean later during an interview that she ran into Prado and told him she would have sex with him for $150. Arles said she wanted the money up front, but Prado allegedly said he didn’t have it at that moment. Arles said she agreed to come back later when he had the money.
She allegedly went and got McIntosh and later returned to Prado’s residence. She told Dean she was in the trailer when Prado brandished a fake gun made of wood, and that is when McIntosh fired the gun, killing Prado.
A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt.