Woman sentenced to 28 months for robbery

By Katherine Wartell

Riley County District Judge Paul Miller sentenced Reyna Youdath, 18, to serve 28 months in jail Tuesday after she pleaded guilty to an aggravated robbery allegedly committed with Michael Layne, a Manhattan man accused of the first-degree murder of Steve Freel. 

In December, Youdath, a California native and former K-State freshman, was arrested with Layne and four others following an investigation into Freel’s murder. Youdath was not implicated in the murder, but officials said that during the investigation, detectives determined that Youdath, Layne, and another woman, Areale Hanks, allegedly took part in the aggravated robbery of a Manhattan residence in the early morning of Dec. 6, 2011, the same day Freel was murdered.

Youdath originally was arrested for aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, kidnapping and felony theft, along with the aggravated robbery charge. Those charges were dropped following the acceptance of a plea agreement whereby Youdath promised to give truthful information about Layne in exchange for the state’s recommendation of a 28-month prison sentence for pleading guilty to aggravated robbery.

Youdath, who testified during Layne’s preliminary hearing, also is scheduled to testify in Layne’s murder trial.

At her sentencing, Youdath told the judge, “I am very sorry for everything I’ve done, and I will continue learning from this experience for the rest of my life.”

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