Burglar connected to fatal shooting arrested after again skipping sentencing

2014-02-10T13:55:00Z 2014-04-18T11:38:07Z Burglar connected to fatal shooting arrested after again skipping sentencingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
February 10, 2014 1:55 pm  • 

Police have arrested a Billings woman who twice skipped sentencing hearings for her conviction on a burglary that ended with the fatal shooting of her husband by police.

Officers arrested Heather Lynnae Brawley, 26, on a $7,500 bench warrant last week. She appeared by video from the jail in District Court on Monday where Judge Gregory R. Todd continued her bail at $7,500 and ordered her to appear for sentencing on April 18.

Brawley has skipped sentencing for the burglary conviction twice. Each time a judge issued a $7,500 bench warrant for her arrest.

On Jan. 6, 2013, Brawley and her husband, Daniel Brawley, broke into a house on Miles Avenue, fixed a meal, took a shower and gathered up children’s clothing and diapers before police arrived and arrested them.

An officer shot and killed Daniel Brawley after he slipped a hand out of plastic ties while in the back seat of a patrol car, climbed into the front seat of the vehicle and tried to drive away.

The car struck an officer, who opened fire. A coroner’s inquest cleared the officer of any wrongdoing in the shooting.

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