"Fatal Femme" Pleads Guilty in 2005 Murder; Woman Admitted to Pulling Trigger
Samantha Somegustava's mug shot from her 2005 arrest.
New Times covered the tragic case of victim Gabe Cruz and the woman who robbed and killed him in a 2006 feature story. The article by Paul Rubin details both the crime and the interesting behind-the-scenes work of experienced detective Jack Ballentine and one of his apprentices, burned officer Jason Schechterle.
According to the short version by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Cruz had offered a ride to hitchhiker Samantha Somegustava. She convinced Cruz to drive to the home of Richard Enos, telling Enos the money she owed him had arrived. The pair drove Cruz to a vacant field and executed him for a few dollars.
Somegustava is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1 -- she'll likely spend the rest of her life in prison.
(UPDATE 5/4/09: Somegustava received a sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole).
Enos was convicted in 2007 and is serving life.
"The victim in this case thought he was doing some people a favor," County Attorney Andrew Thomas states in a news release. "They took advantage of his goodness..."