Plea deal reached in 2016 fatal Berkeley County shooting

Jennifer Pendias, 33

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A woman charged in connection to the May 2016 shooting death of her boyfriend could be sentenced to 40 years in prison as part of a proposed plea agreement.

Jennifer Pendias, 33, who faces possible life in prison on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Harald Martinson III, would be allowed to enter an Alford plea to second-degree murder as part of the deal.

An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt, but does acknowledge that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.

Pendias allegedly shot Martinson in the bathroom of her apartment on Shepherdstown Road near Martinsburg during an argument.

The Herald Mail reports a judge ordered a pre-plea investigation during a status hearing Tuesday.

A sentencing hearing was set for February 8.


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