Burglary defendant linked to fatal shooting skips sentencing — again

2014-01-31T14:45:00Z 2014-04-18T11:38:07Z Burglary defendant linked to fatal shooting skips sentencing — againGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
January 31, 2014 2:45 pm  • 

A Billings judge has issued a bench warrant for a woman who for the second time skipped her sentencing for a break-in in January 2013 that ended with police fatally shooting her husband.

Heather Lynnae Brawley, 26, was scheduled to appear Friday in Yellowstone County District Court for sentencing on one count of felony burglary. Because Brawley failed to appear, Judge Ingrid Gustafson issued a $7,500 warrant for the woman's arrest.

Police on Dec. 30 arrested Brawley on a separate $7,500 warrant after she failed to appear for an earlier sentencing hearing.

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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