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A grieving family gets its wish: Prison for men in deadly burglary that ended 18-year-old Cedar Rapids woman's life

Judge sentences two 19-year-olds to 10 years

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A grieving brother asked a judge Tuesday to send two 19-year-old men to prison for their part in a burglary that ended in the fatal shooting of his 18-year-old sister in 2018.

Jacob McMann, in a victim impact statement read at separate sentencings for James Jenkins and Allen W. Miller, both of Marion, said he wakes up every morning knowing he won’t see his sister, AnnaElise Edgeton. Neither man pulled the trigger, but the burglary was “premeditated, planned and violent,” McMann said.

The two men knew Kyler Junkins, 20, of Marion, who was convicted of the deadly shooting, had a gun that night and knew the plan was to “rob and take what they could,” McMann said.

The defendants need to be “stripped of freedom,” the same way his sister was stripped of her life, he said.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Sean McPartland said there was “no happy ending here.” No matter what he does it won’t bring back the victim, he said.

Both men asked for suspended sentences and probation, but the judge noted this was a serious crime and there was a pattern of conduct on Jan. 13, 2018. The three set out to commit burglaries that night and tried more than once.

Court documents show the three went to another home first but couldn’t get in, so they went to the home of Edgeton and her husband, John Maskewit-Edgeton, at Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Drive SW, to steal drugs and money.

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McPartland, in Jenkins’ sentencing, said the act was “callous” and the men had “disregard for the victim’s life.”

McPartland sentenced both men, convicted of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, to the maximum of up to 10 years in prison, as recommended by the prosecution.

Jenkins and Miller apologized to Edgeton’s family who attended both hearings.

Jenkins said he took full responsibility for his actions, and said if he could go back he would make different decisions. He said what he saw that night “won’t leave his mind” and that he lives with that fact every day.

Miller said he knew there was no way to change what happened, except to live a better life and help his community. He promised to lead a “law-abiding life.”

“I am so sorry,” Miller said, turning to Edgeton’s family.

During Jenkins’ hearing, the courtroom became heated during a confrontation between the his family and the Edgetons, but deputies quickly stepped in to end it.

Both hearings were delayed by over an hour, leading to a long morning for all three families involved.

Edgeton’s mother, Lori McMann, during her statement said the two men knew her daughter had been shot and just drove away.

“I’m angry,” the mother said. “My daughter didn’t deserve this. I’m sad. You took my baby.”

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Lori McMann talked about finding her daughter, a certified nursing assistant, that day. She said she saw the broken down door at her home and knew “something was terribly wrong.” Once inside, she saw her daughter was lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to her chest.

“They left her there to die,” she said.

During Miller’s sentencing, McMann said she understood Miller had a difficult life and his own issues, but she suggested that being in prison may get him the help he needs.

Miller’s mother and girlfriend, who is pregnant, also gave mitigation statements telling the judge how Miller had grown up, lost a parent and was kicked out of his mother’s home at 17 because of his substance abuse, while also trying to deal with his sister’s serious health issues.

During his plea hearing, Miller admitted to driving the car to Edgeton’s home but didn’t enter the apartment.

Jenkins said he entered the apartment with Junkins.

The two men admitted knowing Edgeton was in the apartment and that she was shot by Junkins during the burglary.

Junkins was convicted of second-degree murder in Edgeton’s death and is serving up to 50 years in prison.

Junkins also was convicted of second-degree burglary in another case, and that 10-year sentence was run concurrently with the murder term. The state court sentences were run consecutively to his 12-year sentence on federal firearms and drug convictions.

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