Tylar Witt will be sentenced Aug. 12 along side her recently convicted former lover.
The 16-year-old girl’s sentencing will come more than two years after she and Steven “Boston” Colver, 21, killed Tylar’s mother, Joanne, while she slept in her El Dorado Hills home on June 12, 2009.
Last week, Colver was found guilty of Joanne Witt’s first-degree murder after a four-week jury trial. Prosecutors said Colver stabbed the mother of his girlfriend 20 times with a large chef’s knife because the 47-year-old El Dorado Hills woman had provided detectives with evidence of his sexual relationship with Tylar, who was 14 at the time.
On Monday morning, Tylar appeared in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse for a brief hearing during which her original sentencing date — June 27 — was vacated in favor of Aug. 12, the same day Colver will be sentenced.
Last year, Tylar pleaded guilty to her mother’s first-degree murder as part of a plea agreement with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office. In exchange for her cooperation with prosecutors, which included her testimony against her former boyfriend, she could see her conviction reduced to a second-degree count, which carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
During the trial, the girl told jurors that her plea deal and the potential for a lesser sentence was not the motivation for her testimony against Colver. Instead, the teen said she had been inspired by the Bible to tell the truth during her incarceration in Juvenile Hall. Tylar Witt had been previously accused of lying about the murder to investigators and during pre-trial testimony. The girl did not refute those claims during her testimony, but said her newfound faith would not allow her to lie any longer.
On Monday, Tylar’s attorney Mark Ralphs told the court that he was hopeful county probation would write its report under the assumption that his client would receive the lighter sentence.