St. Albans woman gets max for theft after woman’s death

By Staff reports

A St. Albans woman who burglarized the house of a woman after she was stabbed to death was given the maximum jail sentence Thursday.

Megan Marie Hughes, 28, was sentenced to one to 15 years for burglary and five years for accessory after the fact to murder.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom said the sentences would run one after the other.

Hughes pleaded guilty last month to entering the house of Nancy Burdette Lynch two days after her slaying and stealing jewelry and electronics.

Timothy Paul Shafer, 29, will be sentenced Aug. 22 for first-degree murder in Lynch’s death.

Jessica May Wilson, 28, was found incompetent to stand trial last month. She was also indicted on charges of murder and first-degree robbery in Lynch’s death. Police said Wilson and Shafer took turns stabbing Lynch, 66, to death in her home before stealing two cars and jewelry in early January.

The deal Hughes made with prosecutors dropped conspiracy and grand larceny charges against her.

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