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Last of 4 sentenced in 'ambush' drug deal killing

SALT LAKE CITY — The last of four people charged in the 2014 "ambush" killing of Orlando Roybal has been sentenced, ordered to spend at least five years in prison.

Whitney Marie Connor, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, and manslaughter, a second-degree felony, while a felony count of obstructing justice was dismissed. She was sentenced Friday to five years to life in prison for the manslaughter charge, with a one to 15 year term for aggravated robbery running concurrently.

Connor was given credit for the 345 days she has already served in the Salt Lake County Jail.

Connor is one of four people charged with Roybal's death.

The gunman in the fatal robbery, 25-year-old Amar Miljkovic, pleaded guilty last year to murder and was later sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Chris Villiard, 29, and Cameron Fuger, 28, pleaded guilty in separate cases to aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, while a murder charge was dismissed. They were both sentenced to a year in jail with credit for time served followed by community service.

On Dec. 4, 2014, police say Roybal, 32, and his girlfriend were in South Salt Lake to make a drug deal, which was actually an "ambush-style" plot to rob the woman.

When they arrived at 600 E. Leland Ave., the woman they were meeting, Connor, climbed into the back seat of the car. Roybal reportedly told his girlfriend, "We're about to get got" as three men wearing bandanas on their faces rushed up to the car, charging documents state.

Two men opened the driver's side door where Roybal's girlfriend was sitting, demanding her purse at gunpoint. Miljkovic shot Roybal multiple times after they grabbed it.


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