Brenda Wing discussing plea with prosecutors
A plea deal appears to be on the table for a Vader woman accused of causing the death of a young boy last fall, as a hearing to confirm details of her trial has been rescheduled twice amid negotiations between attorneys.
Brenda Wing, 27, appeared in court Monday for an omnibus hearing on charges related to the death of 3-year-old Jasper Henderling-Warner, who was found unresponsive at Wing's residence Oct. 5, 2014, and was later found to have died from ongoing physical abuse.
Wing's attorney, Seattle-based John Crowley, addressed the court via telephone Monday and asked if the hearing could be rescheduled for Wednesday afternoon, after having already re-scheduled from April 30, indicating he and his client are continuing to discuss the possibility of a plea.
"We're attempting to resolve our case," Crowley told the court, indicating he could not meet a previous deadline of Tuesday night by which to agree to a settlement with the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office, as he would be unable to meet with his client until Wednesday.
Judge James Lawler rescheduled the hearing for this Wednesday at 3 p.m., at which time Wing could submit a change of plea or choose proceed with her trial, which is scheduled to begin May 18.
Wing and her husband, Danny Wing, 26, had been arrested Nov. 7, 2014, for Henderling-Warner's death and charged with homicide by abuse. On March 19, Danny Wing pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault of a child and is scheduled to be sentenced this Thursday, with a recommendation of 14 to 18-and-a-half years in prison based on his criminal history, though the judge retains the right to impose the maximum of life in prison.
If Brenda Wing pleads guilty, her lack of a felony criminal history may lead to a lesser recommendation, though Prosecutor Will Halstead declined to comment on what the potential impact of her history may be on sentencing.