Angela Fix, 41, of Pilot Rock canceled her settlement conference earlier this week and entered a no contest plea to charges stemming from the death of Larry Castro, 77, of Pilot Rock. He died in a fire that Fix was accused of setting.
Visiting Judge Paul Crowley of Hood River was in Pendleton to supervise the settlement conference. Instead, he handed down a sentence of 7.5 years in prison. She will get credit for time served. Fix was jailed on July 16, 2017. She also must pay a little more than $2,400 restitution.
Fix underwent psychiatric evaluation during her time in jail. The defense failed in an attempt to have her declared psychologically unfit to stand trial.
She entered the “no contest” plea to charges of second-degree arson and criminally negligent homicide. Fix was originally charged with first-degree arson and second-degree manslaughter. No contest, also known as nolo contendere, is a plea that means the defendant accepts the condition but technically does not admit guilt. A no-contest plea can only be given if it is accepted by the judge, it is not an automatic right of the defendant.