Hemmerling pleads guilty to murder in Perry Lake killing

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OSKALOOSA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Three days into her murder trial, Ashlyn N. Hemmerling has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in a shooting near Perry Lake last year.

Hemmerling is the second person convicted in the killing of Taylor Sawyer. In April, her boyfriend at the time of the shooting, Jonathan Blevins, was handed a life sentence after a jury convicted him for his role in Sawyer's murder.

“Indifference to the value of human life cannot be tolerated in a just society,” Jefferson County Attorney Josh Ney said. “Thanks to the quality of this investigation, the defendant will be held accountable for her involvement in Taylor’s murder.”

Sawyer's body was found March 14, 2018, along a closed-off section of the old military trail near Perry Lake. Prosecutors say the Lawrence man had been in a relationship with Hemmerling's mother, Sarah Himmerling, at the time of the shooting.

An obstruction charge against Sarah was dropped.

“I’m pleased the good working relationship between my office and the county attorney ensured the defendant and the public heard clear evidence of how she and her associate Jonathan Blevins murdered Taylor that night,” Herrig said.

Hemmerling will be sentenced July 25.