Andria Kerchner pleads guilty in Brevard deputy slaying, gets 12 years in prison

Kerchner must testify against co-defendant Brandon Bradley

Published On: Jan 23 2014 12:40:52 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 23 2014 06:16:37 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. -

Andria Kerchner, a co-defendant accused in the death of Brevard County sheriff's Deputy Barbara Pill, entered a guilty plea Thursday afternoon at the courthouse in Viera.

Kerchner pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact murder, grand theft and burglary. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison and must testify against her co-defendant, Brandon Bradley, who faces first-degree murder charges and the death penalty if convicted.

Kerchner was a passenger in the car of accused shooter Bradley in the 2012 slaying of Pill.

Kerchner apologized to the Pill family in court on Thursday.

"I am very sorry for the family's loss," Kerchner said. "I was on a lot of drugs."

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, State Attorney Phil Archer says the plea agreement, "accurately reflects the role Andria Kerchner filled in this senseless tragedy and provides a significant penalty for that role. Legally and strategically, it's the right thing to do."

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