Cloquet Woman Pleads Guilty To Witness Tampering And Arson
A Cloquet woman pleaded guilty Friday to witness tampering and arson in relation to a 2000 homicide case.
Prosecutors allege that Sandra Kay Couture worked at the direction of her boyfriend, Joseph John Couture, who’s charged with second-degree murder and criminal sexual conduct in the stabbing death of 33-year-old Trina Langenbrunner. The case against him remains pending.
Sandra Couture was accused of threatening two people they allegedly believed to be witnesses. Prosecutors say she admitted to setting fire to the property of one of the witnesses, destroying a home, vehicles and killing two dogs.
According to the St. Louis County attorneys’ office, the plea deal calls for a sentence of eight years and eight months, but the actual sentence will be determined by the judge.