Carjacking murder accomplice sentenced to 6 years in prison

2014-05-20T00:00:00Z 2014-05-22T07:52:59Z Carjacking murder accomplice sentenced to 6 years in prisonBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A woman who helped in a carjacking murder was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Lee sentenced Jessica Michelle Miranda to three years for manslaughter and an additional three years for aggravated robbery following her plea to the charges in 2012.

Miranda, 29, was accused of helping four men rob and kill Terry Caldwell on Tucson’s south side in 2011.

Miranda was accused of posing as a prostitute to lure men while the other defendants robbed them. When they attempted to rob Caldwell, he fought back, but was stabbed and ultimately died of his injuries.

Miranda’s defense attorney, Harold Higgins, said his client had been cooperative with police from the start, largely making the case for investigators.

“She was approached by police and gave a complete statement,” he said.

Deputy Pima County Attorney Lewis Brandes acknowledged that Miranda’s willingness to provide information led to the arrests of other defendants.

Miranda expressed remorse for her participation in the deadly robbery.

Michael James Celaya, 44, Caleb Michael Schaff, 21, Mark Anthony Celaya, 26, and Luis Francisco Howard, 29, were also harged in the case.

Michael Celaya was sentenced to 22 years after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges.

Schaff was sentenced to 14 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter and other charges.

Mark Celaya was sentenced to 10½ years in prison following a guilty plea to manslaughter and aggravated robbery.

Howard is scheduled to be sentenced in June.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at pmcnamara@azstarnet.com or 573-4241. On Twitter @pm929

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