(Lander, Wyo.) – The husband and wife duo convicted of participating in the 2011 Hudson double homicide of Eric Likes, 42, and Elva Quiver, 20, received their final sentences today.
Both Joseph Jude Jenkins and Samantha Hanway had previously pleaded guilty to two counts each of second-degree aiding and abetting murder.
Hanway received 25-50 years in prison for one charge, and Jenkins received 70 years to life for one charge back in 2013. Pursuant to their plea agreements, each was not to be sentenced for their second charges until after convictions were made in their co-defendants’ cases. Jude Blackburn, the last of the five was sentenced in May 2014.
In separate hearings, Hanway and Jenkins each received concurrent and identical sentences to that which they received last year. The only difference is that for this sentence each was given credit for 1,022 days served, including good time. This provides for both Jenkins’s sentences to end at the same time; the same goes for Hanway. Therefore Jenkins will continue to serve 70 years to life, and Hanway will continue to serve 25 to 50 years. (Read background on their guilty pleas here.)
Not much was said in today’s hearings. Both declined to make any statements to the court. “I don’t want to understate the seriousness of these proceedings,” Ninth District Court Judge Norman E. Young said at Hanway’s sentencing. However, he noted that it does feel like a formality at this point.
Young asked Hanway what her daily life was like at the Wyoming Women’s Center. “Lonesome, basically,” she said. She went on to describe that she works in the prison kitchen, cooking and performing other tasks. She’s also received her GED.
Young told Jenkins, “Good luck.” Jenkins responded, “Thank you.”
The pair’s co-defendants, Laziur Hanway Jr., Jude Blackburn and Ryan Hanway, have all pleaded guilty to lesser charges and have been sentenced.
Laziur Hanway Jr., 20, was sentenced to life in prison for two counts of Second Degree Murder.
Blackburn, 17, was sentenced to 20 to 30 years for a single count of Second Degree Murder.
Ryan Hanway, who was a conspirator in the robbery, was sentenced to 8 to 16 years in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery.