Joanna McElrath pleads guilty
Feb. 28, 2014 — About 1:30 p.m. this afternoon in Lassen Superior Court, an emotional Joanna McElrath pleaded guilty to the Jan. 2, 2011 premeditated and deliberate first-degree murder of her husband, off-duty Susanville Police Officer Robert McElrath.
The legal consequence of this plea is a sentence to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for a term of 25-years-to-life.
In addition to the plea, defendant McElrath agreed to waive her right to appeal, giving up her right to challenge the conviction now or anytime in the future.
For the complete story, see the Tuesday, March 4 issue of the Lassen County Times.