Sirens & Gavels

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, 2:30 P.M.

Killer’s request for change of plea denied

A man who admitted to killing a woman over $20 more than two years ago tried unsuccessfully to withdraw his guilty plea recently.

 Michael A. Quinones said he was under pressure and wasn't fully informed when he pleaded guilty to first-degree murder last March.

Quinones was transported from prison to the Spokane County Jail to participate in hearings before Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno, but Moreno denied his request last week.

Quinones is serving 25 years in prison for the Oct. 6, 2008, strangulation death of 28-year-old Jennifer L. Siria.

Codefendant Matthew T. Shope is serving 11 years for second-degree murder.

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