A Simi Valley woman was sentenced Wednesday to 15-years-to-life in prison for her role in a murder that the authorities initially did not realize was a murder.
57-year-old Idee Scholz had earlier pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the January 2009 death of 52-year-old Janice Richardson at her Simi Valley home.
Initially, the authorities thought Richardson's death was from a drug overdose.
But further investigation determined she was smothered to death and it was a homicide.
Prosecutors say that Scholz, her 61-year-old husband Ronald, and 48-year-old Glenn Sires of Simi Valley, had entered Richardson's home to get drugs.
But Idee Scholz and Sires ended up killing Richardson and then staging it to look like an accidental drug overdose.
Sires was ultimately convicted of second-degree murder at trial and given 15-to-life.
Idee Scholz now has received the same sentence after pleading guilty to the same charge.
Ronald Scholz had earlier pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and testified at Sires's trial.
He is free pending sentencing on July 9th and is expected to get four years but with credit for time he has already spent in jail his sentence will likely be deemed time already served.