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Friday, September 06, 2019 1:00 am

Role in killings over purse gets 4 years

Woman, 26, placed on home detention as part of plea deal

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Roanoke woman was given a four-year sentence for her role in the killings last year of two people over a designer handbag. 

Kyra Frost, 26, had been charged with felony murder and armed robbery in the March 5, 2018, shooting deaths of Amanda Feldstein, 39, and Justin Adams, 30. She pleaded guilty in April to two counts of assisting a criminal as part of a plea agreement, and she was sentenced Thursday in Noble Superior Court. 

The sentence will be served on home detention, defense attorney Bart Arnold said. With time served, he estimated Frost will serve about 11/2 years on home detention and two years on probation. 

Michael J. Johnson, 36, Tiffani Cox, 31, and Frost went to a woman's apartment in the Riverside Villa apartment complex in Ligonier to take back a $10,000 Prada purse Johnson believed was stolen from him, court documents said. Johnson shot and killed Feldstein and Adams and shot at Amberly Brown but missed.

Johnson was convicted of attempted murder, two counts of murder and being a habitual offender after jury trial in December. He is serving a 170-year prison sentence.

Cox pleaded guilty in October to aiding attempted robbery and was ordered to serve eight years of a 14-year sentence behind bars.

Arnold said after a sentencing hearing there was no reason to charge Frost with murder, which in Indiana refers to knowingly or intentionally killing another person. Frost also had no criminal record, he said.

“She pled guilty to what she did,” Arnold said. 

The more serious charges – they were amended last year to aiding in felony murder and aiding in attempted robbery, court records said – were filed by former Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman, and were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Arnold lauded investigators and current Prosecutor James Mowery, who worked with him on the plea agreement. 

“They have been tough, but fair,” Arnold said.

mleblanc@jg.net