A Victoria woman has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for her part in the December 2007 murder-robbery of retired Weston Lakes teacher Martha Fields.
Angela Lara, 26, was sentenced by 268th District Court Judge Brady Elliott after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated robbery.
She is the second of three suspects in the case to be sent to prison. Kevin Cypher, 21, of Houston, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated robbery in a plea agreement, and was sentenced to 30 years.
But the prime suspect in Fields’ murder, Marwan M. Saeed, 27, of the Alief area, has evaded police since the crime, and was believed by some law enforcement officials to be in the Middle East country of Yemen.
Fields, 54, died after being tied up and stabbed numerous times at her Weston Lakes home during what has been characterized as a botched robbery attempt.
Law enforcement sources say Fort Bend County Sheriff’s detectives believe Lara drove the other two into Weston Lakes, somehow avoiding detection by a security employee at the gated community west of Fulshear.
Detectives believe Lara may have remained in the vehicle while Saeed and Cypher entered Fields’ home, one of them carrying a pistol. Police recovered a knife with which Fields was stabbed 17 times.
“Martha Fields was a retired school teacher. She had two children and a husband,” said county Assistant District Attorney Mark Hanna. “Family members testified at trial that Martha was well-liked and a wonderful mother and wife. Her death is a tragic loss to her family and the community.”
Evidence presented during Lara’s sentencing hearing showed that when she was confronted by law enforcement officials with the facts of Fields’ stabbing, she replied “S**t happens.”
Under Texas law, Lara must serve at least half of her 50-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.