ELYRIA — Hannah Tyburski pleaded guilty Monday to helping dump her sister’s body in a North Ridgeville field after their mother killed her.
The 21-year-old’s plea to the misdemeanor charge of abuse of a corpse came less than a week after her 47-year-old mother, Janet Tyburski, pleaded guilty to murder and other charges and received a sentence of 19 years to life in prison.
Part of the agreement in the elder Tyburski’s case was for her daughter to receive a plea deal with prosecutors that saw additional charges of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence dismissed.
“This entire experience has been very difficult for me, and I just want to express how sorry I am to everyone my action has impacted, most importantly my sister, who I love and miss dearly,” Hannah Tyburski said before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge John Miraldi sentenced her to one year of good behavior.
He suspended a 90-day jail sentence and a $750 fine.
Police and prosecutors have said that Janet Tyburski suffocated Rachele Tyburski, 26, at the Lakewood home where they both lived March 13, 2015. Janet Tyburski asked her other daughter, who was a student at Oberlin College, for help and then went to pick her up at school.
The pair took Rachele Tyburski’s partially clad body to North Ridgeville and dumped her behind a snow bank in a field near Victory Lane on March 15, 2015.
Prosecutors have said after leaving the body, Janet Tyburski drove Hannah Tyburski back to school.
Janet Tyburski initially claimed not to know what happened to her daughter, telling police at first that she had last seen her when she left to go out with a group of unknown friends. Surveillance footage later cast doubt on her version of events, and she later confessed her involvement in the killing.
During last week’s hearing, Janet Tyburski apologized for dumping her daughter’s body and getting her other daughter involved but was reticent to admit to the killing, although she ultimately admitted on the record that she took a plea deal because of what she told North Ridgeville police about the killing.
Kevin Spellacy, Hannah Tyburski’s attorney, said his client is glad to put the matter behind her and is working to return to Oberlin College to complete her remaining two years of school.
“She’s a bright, articulate young lady with a bright future,” he said.
Nick Hanek, one of Janet Tyburski’s attorneys, said Rachele Tyburski’s son, who was 4 years old at the time of his mother’s death, is now in the custody of relatives.
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