The Department of Justice reported on Tuesday that a woman who is accused of aiding in the concealment of former Vanessa Guillén’s body after her passing at Fort Hood has admitted to several charges related to the disappearance of the U.S. Army specialist.
According to the DOJ, Cecily Aguilar, 24, of Killeen, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of accessory to murder and three counts of false representation or making a false statement. She now faces up to 30 years in prison, three more years of supervised release, a $1 million fine, and additional years of probation. In order to decide Aguilar’s potential punishment, which is anticipated at a sentencing hearing that has not yet been scheduled, a federal district court judge will examine U.S. sentencing guidelines and laws.
According to the Associated Press, Vanessa, my client, and her brave family have a long road to justice, and Cecily Aguilar’s guilty plea today was another step in that direction. Natalie Khawam is the attorney for the Guillén family.
In the summer of 2020, Guillén was discovered dead on the Fort Hood post, which is infamous for having some of the highest rates of homicide, sexual assault, and harassment in the Army. Officials at the time stated that Specialist Aaron Robinson, a fellow soldier, was suspected of killing her before subsequently committing suicide. Aguilar, a second suspect, was also detained in connection with Guillén’s death; she is described as the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier.
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