Deena Aday sentenced on obstruction charge

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IDAHO FALLS — A local judge has approved the guilty plea of a woman who was originally accused of aiding a murder suspect.

Deena Aday was sentenced to 180 days in jail after appearing in Bonneville County court Wednesday to face a misdemeanor obstruction charge. She received credit for 30 days already spent in jail, and the remaining time in jail was suspended, according to Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Danny Clark.

Aday was also placed on probation for two years. If she violates her probation she could serve the remainder of her suspended jail time.

Her guilty plea was part of a larger plea agreement where the county prosecutor agreed to drop a separate felony accessory charge against Aday.

In an interview with EastIdahoNews.com, Clark stressed the plea agreement was reached because there wasn’t any evidence to indicate Aday had helped convicted murderer Jeremy White flee the state.

“Everybody’s assuming (Aday) helped (White) get away. I don’t have any evidence of her helping him,” Clark said. “She was never charged with helping Mr. White after the fact. She was charged with not telling police when she was required to do so.”

White, whom Aday was romantically involved with, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison with 15 years fixed time and 30 years indeterminate.

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