ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman connected with a fatal Newfield robbery in 2016 was sentenced to prison time Monday morning at the Tompkins County Courthouse.

Jamie Gerhart was convicted of felony first-degree robbery during a plea deal in December. She’ll serve five years in prison and two and a half years of post-release supervision.

Gerhart was initially charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery for her role in an crime that turned fatal in December 2016, leaving 30-year-old Camden Rundell dead.

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Police and prosecutors say Rundell was killed during a botched robbery where five people conspired to steal marijuana plants from his basement. Gerhart was Rundell’s ex-girlfriend and allegedly led the charge to steal the plants along with Dennis Lampila, Melissa Minnick, Colleen McColgin and Roy Clements.

Clements was accused of getting in a fight with Rundell and restraining him on the ground during the robbery.

Police investigate Rundell’s death in December 2016. Photo by Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice

During Clements’ trial, Assistant District Attorney Diana Lama said, “Pinned down, unable to breathe — that’s how 30-year-old Camden Rundell spent the last moments of his all too short life. Cam was spread out on his back in his own yard staring up at the cold December night sky. Separating him from the rest of the universe, the rest of his life in fact, was the defendant Roy Clements.”

But defense attorneys Lance Salisbury and Jerome Mayersak told a different narrative to jurors, presenting a witness who said it’s possible Rundell died due to a mix of drug use and a medical condition. When Clements took the stand, he denied that the robbery happened, saying that taking the plants was part of a previously arranged drug deal. He said that he and Rundell did get into a fight that night, but that the man was alive when they all left the home.

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Jurors sided with the defense and found Clements not guilty on all counts. Since then, the four other people charged in the crime have nearly all taken similar plea deals to lesser charges.

Lampila will be the last of the five people to be sentenced in the case. He initially accepted a plea deal similar to Gerhart’s and then rejected it after Clements was found not guilty. A new public court appearance for Lampila has not been scheduled yet.

Andrew Bonavia and Lama prosecuted the case, and Gerhart was represented by Kristine Shaw and Albert Fang.

Jolene Almendarez

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