One of four persons charged in a brutal September murder that drew national headlines entered a guilty plea Tuesday to reduced charges, according to court documents.
Isis Schauer, 18, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and abandonment of a corpse. She was sentenced to 20 years on the murder count and four years on the second charge. The terms are to run concurrently in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
Schauer, a Houston resident, was originally charged with the first-degree murder in the death of Joseph Steinfeld, 17, who relatives said was transgender and went by the name Ally. The crime occurred northeast of Cabool.
Two others — Andrew Vrba, 18, and Brianna Calderas, 24 — are also charged in the murder. A fourth person, James Grigsby, of Thayer, 25, is accused of abandonment of a corpse and tampering with evidence. His attorney intends to present a defense of not guilty due to mental disease of defect.
Authorities said Schauer was Vrba’s girlfriend.
Vrba’s first-degree murder case has been transferred to Crawford County on a change of venue. Calderas’ murder charge will be heard in Pulaski County. A trial setting is set for Feb. 14.