Crime & Courts

March 27, 2014

Sentencing postponed for Butler County woman who pleaded guilty in man’s death

Sentencing has been delayed for a rural Butler County woman who pleaded guilty to killing a man whose decomposing body was found in her backyard last October.

Sentencing has been delayed for a rural Butler County woman who pleaded guilty to killing a man whose decomposing body was found in her backyard last October.

Susan L. May, 54, will return to court at 2 p.m. April 15 to learn her fate in the death of 55-year-old Richard Hrejsa. She was initially set for sentencing Thursday on one count of reckless, second-degree murder in Hrejsa’s killing. But the hearing was continued after May’s attorney asked the court to impose a reduced sentence in the case, according to the Butler County Attorney’s Office.

Based on her prior criminal record, May would have faced 109 to 123 months in prison under the state’s sentencing guidelines.

Prosecutors originally charged her with first-degree murder but accepted her plea on the lesser count Jan. 17, the Butler County Attorney’s Office said. One count of criminal desecration of a body and two counts of interference with law enforcement were dropped under the plea deal.

Hrejsa’s remains were found in the open at May’s home, west of Augusta, on Oct. 14, about a month after authorities think he was killed. His body was so badly decomposed that authorities needed an autopsy to determine his gender and identity.

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