CEDAR RAPIDS — A Marion man pleaded Thursday to a lesser charge in the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old woman in 2018 in southwest Cedar Rapids.
Kyler Junkins, 20, originally charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, pleaded in Linn County District Court to second-degree murder.
He admitted to fatally shooting AnnaElise Edgeton, a 2015 Metro High graduate and a certified nursing assistant, on Jan. 13 in her home at the Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Dr. SW.
He also admitted he had intent to cause her death.
Edgeton’s parents and several family members attended the hearing Thursday. They declined to comment after the hearing. Junkins also had family or friends in the courtroom.
A search warrant unsealed last year showed the apartment where Edgeton lived with her husband, John Maskewit-Edgeton, appeared to have been broken into when police found Edgeton dead on the living room floor with a gunshot wound to her upper chest.
Edgeton’s parents told police their son-in-law was a drug dealer and they felt his drug activities contributed to their daughter’s death, court documents showed.
Maskewit-Edgeton admitted to investigators he dealt drugs and also used marijuana and Xanax.
Investigators asked him who he thought had killed his wife. He told police about two incidents — one where someone broke into their apartment, beating him and robbing him, and another where a man had punched his wife. Both happened several months before the shooting and neither involved Junkins, according to court documents.
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On Jan. 13, Emily Edgeton, Maskewit-Edgeton’s sister, and her boyfriend, Conner Nye, told investigators many people knew about Maskewit-Edgeton’s drug business from his social media posts, court documents showed. It also was known he kept money and drugs at the Jacolyn Drive home.
Investigators, in the court documents, interviewed another man who said Junkins made comments about robbing Maskewit-Edgeton and shooting a woman during the robbery.
Investigators found photos of Junkins under the name “Gucci Garcia” on Facebook that showed him with two handguns. They also found several photos of him holding a handgun on Instagram under the name “Kyler Garcia.”
Allen W. Miller, 18, of Marion, and two unnamed juveniles — a 16-year-old female and 17-year-old male — also have been charged in the fatal shooting. Each were charged with conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and accessory after the fact. Miller’s trial is set for July 7.
During the Thursday hearing, 6th Judicial District Chief Judge Patrick Grady said Junkins waived his right to appeal as part of the plea agreement.
Junkins faces up to 50 years in prison and must serve 35 years before being eligible for parole, Grady said. This sentence will run consecutively to the 12-year sentence Junkins is serving on federal firearm and drug charges, also as part of the plea agreement.
Junkins also faces a pending burglary charge, which he plans to plead to, and that sentencing will run concurrently to the murder charge.
Grady ordered Junkins to pay $150,000 in restitution to Edgeton’s estate or her heirs.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 2.
FEDERAL FIREARMS CASE
Junkins pleaded guilty last July in U.S. District Court to one count each of possession of a firearm by a drug user and distribution of cocaine.
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In the federal case, a 17-year-old was at Junkins’ residence on Apache Drive in Marion on March 28, 2017, when Junkins fired a .22-caliber rifle, hitting the teen in the abdomen, according to the plea agreement.
Junkins admitted to “accidentally” shooting the teen and led investigators to the rifle he had hidden under a neighbor’s shed.
He also admitted to distributing cocaine on Jan. 15, 2018, according to the plea. The next day, Junkins went to the Marion Police Department for questioning and was arrested.
He told investigators he had three firearms at his Apache Drive home — a .22-caliber rifle with an obliterated serial number and the stock sawed off, a .22-caliber revolver and another rifle — that were seized by police.
An Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agent examined the .22-caliber rifle used in the shooting and determined it had been modified with a silencer.
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