PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A 39-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for a triple homicide east of Port Angeles.
Ryan Warren Ward was the second defendant to be sentenced for the December 2018 murders of Tiffany May, Jordan Iverson and Darrell Iverson, The Peninsula Daily News reported.
Ward pleaded guilty this week to three counts of aggravated murder and 16 other counts related to the theft, sale or illegal possession of firearms. Ward gave no statement during sentencing.
Darrell Iverson, 57, Jordan Iverson, 27, and Tiffany May, 26, were each shot multiple times outside Darrell Iverson’s rural home on Dec. 26, 2018, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said. The bodies of the Iversons were found on New Year’s Eve by a relative. The body of May, who was dating Jordan Iverson, was found later that day in a locked shed.
Kallie LeTellier, 36, Dennis Bauer, 52, and Ward were each charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the killings.
LeTellier was sentenced Tuesday to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder with a firearm enhancement for May’s death and agreeing to testify against her co-defendants. Bauer is scheduled for a trial beginning Jan. 4. He is being held in the Clallam County jail on $3.5 million bail.
Michele Devlin, county chief criminal deputy prosecuting attorney, said Ward pleaded guilty because authorities have the murder weapon that he used to put the final two shots in Jordan and Darrell’s head.
Clallam County Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson sentenced Ward to life in prison with no possibility of release.
Devlin said Bauer and LeTellier had formed a plan to rob and kill the Iversons, with whom they were acquainted. But Ward backed out at the last minute, promoting Bauer to instruct LeTellier to “take care” of May, Devlin said.
Bauer shot at Darrell Iverson while LeTellier gunned down a fleeing May, investigators said. Ward then opted back into the plan, Devlin said. Devlin said gunshots that Bauer and LeTellier each heard must have come from Ward as he killed the wounded Iversons.
Bauer, LeTellier and Ward ransacked the Iverson residence after the murders, sheriff’s detectives said.