ITHACA, N.Y. – A Dryden woman involved in a fatal robbery in Newfield last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy in Tompkins County Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Colleen McColgin, 38, was initially charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy following the death of 30-year-old Camden Rundell on Dec. 2.
McColgin, represented by Attorney Edward Kopko, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy in relation to the crime on Wednesday afternoon.
MoColgin’s plea follows a series of accusations involving four other individuals who were accused of being involved in the crime. Roy Clements Jr., who was accused of killing Rundell, went to trial in November for felony second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy. A jury unanimously found Clements not guilty after a three-week trial uncovering details of the night.
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Melissa Minnick, who was responsible for buying dog food, sleeping pills and ski masks, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy in August and was sentenced to four years of probation.
Dennis Lampila, who was initially charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and fourth-degree conspiracy pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery on Oct. 12 as part of a deal. Lampila’s attorneys are currently re-working plea arrangements following Clements trial.
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Jamie Gerhart has also been indicted on second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges in connection with Rundell’s death, but she has not yet taken a plea.
Leah Armstrong, Rundell’s girlfriend and witness to the events of the evening, took the stand during the trial and revealed some of the events which took place.
Armstrong said Gerhart, an ex-girlfriend of Rundell’s showed up to the house, where she and Rundell had just arrived after a night out. According to Armstrong’s testimony, Gerhart was accompanied by McColgin, who she did not know at the time.
During Clements’ trial, prosecutors suggested that the five indicted individuals had conspired to rob Rundell’s home and steal marijuana plants from his basement where he had been growing them as part of an illegal business. According to Clements, however, this was all organized as a pre-arranged drug deal.
Armstrong and Rundell got back to their home in the early morning hours of Dec.2 and a short time later, Rundell’s ex-girlfriend Jamie Gerhart and Colleen McColgin showed up and began arguing with him on the porch.
Rundell then came into the house and said McColgin had taken two rottweilers away in a vehicle, Armstrong said.
McColgin marks the third person indicted in relation to the crime to take a plea. It is possible Lampila may re-visit a new plea and Gerhart has still yet to take a deal or go to trial.
Further court dates are pending in relation to the case.