Public Safety

Marion man sentenced to 50 years in fatal shooting of AnnaElise Edgeton

Her mother: 'I have to figure out how to live without her'

Kyler Junkins is shown at his June 13 plea hearing in Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids. On Friday, the 20-year-old was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison in the Jan 13, 2018, fatal shooting of AnnaElise Edgeton, 18, at the Shamrock Apartments in Cedar Rapids. He is currently serving a 12-year term in federal prison on possession of a firearm by a drug user and distribution of cocaine convictions. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Kyler Junkins is shown at his June 13 plea hearing in Linn County District Court in Cedar Rapids. On Friday, the 20-year-old was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison in the Jan 13, 2018, fatal shooting of AnnaElise Edgeton, 18, at the Shamrock Apartments in Cedar Rapids. He is currently serving a 12-year term in federal prison on possession of a firearm by a drug user and distribution of cocaine convictions. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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CEDAR RAPIDS — The mother of 18-year-old AnnaElise Edgeton, who was fatally shot last year, said the murder changed her family’s life forever, and it still keeps her awake at night.

“I have to figure out how to live without her,” Lori McMann said at the Friday sentencing of Kyler Junkins, 20, of Marion, in Linn County District Court.

Junkins, originally charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder.

He admitted to shooting Edgeton, a 2015 Metro High graduate and a certified nursing assistant, on Jan. 13, 2018, at her home at the Shamrock Apartments, 316 Jacolyn Dr. SW.

At the Friday sentencing, Edgeton’s father, Ted McMann, showed a photo of his daughter at age 7 to Junkins and his family in the courtroom, saying she was an “outspoken person and she didn’t care what anyone thought of her, but, at the same time, she was so caring and giving.”

He thanked Marion police investigators and the Linn County Attorney’s Office and the people who provided tips in the case to “bring justice for Anna.”

He also asked Junkins to imagine the most physical pain he could imagine and then “times that by a thousand” to understand the impact Edgeton’s murder had had on her loved ones.

Junkins, in a statement read Friday by his lawyer, Sara Smith, apologized to the family, saying he can only imagine what his actions put them through. He also apologized to the court for the time and expense he caused.

Sixth Judicial District Chief Judge Patrick Grady followed the plea agreement and sentenced Junkins to up to 50 years in prison.

Junkins earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary in a different case and that 10 years will run concurrently to the murder sentence. He will have to serve 35 years before being eligible for parole.

Grady ran the sentences consecutively to Junkins’ 12-year sentence on federal firearms and drug convictions. Junkins will serve the remainder of the federal sentence before serving the state sentences.

Junkins also was ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution to Edgeton’s estate or her heirs.

In other statements made by family members, Karen Wintringer, Edgeton’s aunt, said her niece was robbed of seeing her dreams come true because of this “senseless act.” She said she hoped this “puny, weak and coward” individual never sees daylight again.

Amanda Hawkins, in a statement, said Edgeton was her little sister — the “spunky girl who was sensitive and extremely loving.” She is “incredibly sad” her sister never got to be a mother and she’s angry because her sister and “best friend” is gone.

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, in court documents, interviewed another man who said Junkins had made comments about robbing Maskewit-Edgeton and shooting a woman during the robbery.

Allen W. Miller, 18, of Marion, and two unnamed juveniles — a 16-year-old female and 17-year-old male — also have been charged with conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and accessory after the fact.

Junkins pleaded guilty last year in U.S. District Court to one count each of possession of a firearm by a drug user and distribution of cocaine, leading to the 12-year federal sentence.

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