Friday, September 30 2022

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – The fourth and final suspect in the fatal Sioux City New Year’s Day shooting has pleaded guilty to multiple counts

Liliana Gutierrez, who authorities say was involved in a Jan. 1, 2021 shooting, was in court Monday to work out a plea deal.

She was initially charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and three counts of reckless use of a firearm. The plea deal changed the intimidation charge to an ancillary charge and dropped one of the reckless use of a firearm charges.

Gutierrez was arrested in 2021 after authorities linked her to the shooting that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Mia Kritis. Authorities said Gutierrez was not involved in the shootings at the Morningside home where the shooting took place, but instead drove the vehicle which she and three other people took to the residence.

The other three defendants in the shooting were Christopher Morales, Carlos Morales and Anthony Bauer. Authorities originally charged the three men with first-degree murder for firing multiple bullets at the home. Each of them pleaded guilty to second degree murder and were sentenced. Carlos Morales got 50, Anthony Bauer also got 50, while Christopher Morales got 55.

Gutierrez is expected to be sentenced in April. She faces up to seven years in prison.

Anthony Bauer (left), Christopher Morales (middle) and Carlos Morales (right) have all been convicted in the fatal shooting on January 1, 2021.(Woodbury County Jail)

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