Crime

Woman gets 14 years in Paso Robles motel murder

One of four people charged in a meth-fueled murder at a Paso Robles motel last year was formally sentenced Tuesday to 14 years and eight months in prison.

Tabatha Brown, 30, had agreed to the term when she entered a no contest plea last month to several charges, including residential robbery, burglary and being an accessory after the fact to murder.

According to a search warrant filed by Paso Robles police, Brown was among a group that planned to attack 55-year-old Robert Kenichi Uyeno and steal his drugs. On Aug. 22, 2011, Jennifer Velten sent a text message to Uyeno, saying she wanted to party with him at his room at the Farmhouse Motel.

Then she sent a text summoning the others, including Brown, John Wesley Barrett and Alberto Fierros.

Once inside the room, Barrett held Uyeno while Fierros pummeled him in the face and stomach for about two minutes. The group left after stealing meth and lottery tickets, but Velten and Fierros later returned. That’s when Fierros allegedly slashed Uyeno’s throat.

Last month, Velten was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. Barrett has been found mentally incompetent to stand trial. Meanwhile, Fierros has requested the court withdraw his no contest plea. He is set to return to court Tuesday.

Since Brown’s sentence was previously agreed upon, there was no testimony from the defendant or survivors of the victim.

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