The Texas woman who helped mutilate and hide the body of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén pleaded guilty Tuesday to aiding and abetting Guillén’s killer and lying to federal investigators.
Cecily Aguilar pleaded guilty to one count of accessory to murder and three counts of perjury, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. Aguilar faces up to 30 years in prison.
Guillén was allegedly killed by fellow Army Spc. Aaron Robinson at Ford Hood in April 2020. His dismembered remains were found in June 2020. Robinson died soon after of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Aguilar assisted her then-boyfriend, Robinson, in “corruptly altering, destroying, mutilating and concealing evidence — ie, the body of Vanessa Guillen — to prevent Robinson from being charged and prosecuted for any crime,” the U.S. attorney said. Office said in a press release.
The 24-year-old also altered and destroyed information on Robinson’s Google account and lied to federal investigators on multiple occasions, authorities said.
Before his death, Guillén reportedly told his family that he had been sexually harassed by one of his sergeants at Fort Hood, but refused to report it for fear of retaliation. Guillén’s death led to widespread calls to address sexual harassment and violence in the military.