Two more suspects arrested in murder of 95-year-old Washington County woman

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February 23, 2018 02:13 PM

Two more people are under arrest in connection with the murder of a 95-year-old woman in Washington County.

Gordon Twiss and his son, David Twiss, were arraigned on indictments Friday, charging them with conspiracy in connection with the July murder of 95-year-old Leona Twiss, who was Gordon's mother.

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Kevin Gonyea already pleaded guilty to strangling the woman with a towel inside her Fort Ann home.

Gonyea was Twiss's grandson. The indictment accuses Gordon and David Twiss of conspiring with Gonyea because they wanted the woman dead. Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan wouldn't comment on a motive, but law enforcement sources tell NewsChannel 13 that the men didn't want the expenses associated with putting Leona Twiss in a nursing home.

If convicted of conspiracy, both men could be sentenced to a maximum of 8 1/3 to 25 years in prison.

Gonyea will be sentenced to 15 years to life for murder.


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