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Kristyn Palmer Enters Alford Guilty Plea in Ed Wilson's Murder

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A Baxter woman accused in the death of her father appeared in Marion County court Friday morning.

Kristyn Palmer entered an Alford guilty plea on forgery, uttering, and a conspiracy charge to commit a felony in connection to the murder of her father, Everett "Ed" Wilson.  An Alford guilty plea means that the defendant does not admit to committing the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge in court.

Judge Michael Aloi accepted the plea and sentenced Palmer to 1 to 5 years for conspiracy to commit a felony and 1 to 10 years for each forgery and uttering charge.  The forgery and uttering sentence will run concurrently, but consecutively to the conspiracy charge. 

"With this conspiracy plea, the court sentenced her 1-5 on the conspiracy and then 1-10 on the forgery and 1-10 on the uttering but they ran those two concurrent. So essentially, it's a 2-15 year sentence," said Pat Wilson, Marion County Prosecutor.

Wilson said Palmer did not show any remorse in court on Friday, or after the death.  She chose not speak prior to sentencing. Three of Ed Wilson's family members, including Loretta Nestor and Linda Gandy, took the stand and requested that she receive the maximum sentence.

Palmer will receive credit for time already served in prison and could be eligible for parole in the near future.

"It's really a decision of the parole board. Ultimately, when she becomes eligible for consideration they can make that determination based upon all the factors that they will look at," said Wilson.

Kristyn was originally scheduled to enter a plea in the case April 4, but changed her mind.

Kristyn's husband, Michael Palmer, was sentenced to life in prison with mercy for the first degree murder of Ed Wilson last week. If he were to ask for a retrial, part of Kristyn's plea said she would have to testify on behalf of the state.
 
"As everyone said in the courtroom today and other preceding's prior, its been a horrible, traumatic situation for everyone involved," Wilson said. "Again, getting the case concluded today with Mrs. Palmer is hopefully just another step toward closure for the family."