A 27-year-old woman has been sentenced to a term of more than 10 years for stabbing a marijuana dealer while she and a partner in crime robbed him in West St. Paul.
Elizabeth Rios, of St. Paul, was sentenced to 10 years and eight months Friday for the killing of Daniel A. Wallner, 30, on Nov. 24, 2015. Rios pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and a charge of aggravated was earlier dismissed.
With credit for time served in jail since her arrest, Rios will be placed on supervised release after spending slightly more than 6½ years in prison.
Co-defendant Jose Dominguez, 22, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Robbery and was sentenced last month to a nearly five-year term. The judge also ordered the two to pay nearly $16,000 in restitution.
Wallner, of West St. Paul, was down on a driveway in the 1100 block of Kruse Street, bleeding from stab wounds to the chest.
Wallner had told a friend on Nov. 23 that he was going to sell a large amount of marijuana to two people who he feared planned to rob him. Police later tracked Rios and Dominguez using the GPS coordinates of a phone linked to multiple calls to and from Wallner’s cellphone. The two were arrested in Inver Grove Heights a few days later.
Rios told police she and Dominguez met Wallner in a West St. Paul parking lot late on Nov. 23 to buy marijuana. She said Dominguez immediately tried to wrest away a large plastic bag of pot that Wallner presented and that she stabbed Wallner as the two struggled.
After being stabbed, Wallner left the car and the two suspects drove away with the marijuana, according to the criminal complaints filed against Rios and Dominguez.