Woman helped brother avoid slaying arrest

By The Associated Press

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute woman who authorities say helped her brother avoid arrest in the slaying of a woman whose body was found in her submerged SUV has been sentenced after pleading guilty to assisting a criminal.

The Tribune-Star reports 43-year-old Teresa Pitts was sentenced to serve two years in prison, one year on home detention and one year suspended to formal probation.

Authorities say Kenneth R. Pitts Jr. of Terre Haute bludgeoned 77-year-old Alice “Anita” Oswald after she shot him in the face Nov. 9, 2017, during a home burglary. Oswald’s SUV was pulled from a Vigo County pond in January 2018.

Teresa Pitts was arrested after witnesses told police she nursed her brother’s injury and helped him hide. Kenneth Pitts was arrested in Nevada and is awaiting trial.




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