KENTLAND — The first of five people charged in the death of Nicole Bowen has pleaded guilty and will serve five years in prison.

Newton County Superior Court Judge Daniel Molter sentenced 35-year-old Jasmine N. Parker of Kentland on Monday (Oct. 7) after she pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal in the March killing and torture of 30-year-old Nicole L. Bowen.

Investigators claim that Bowen was tortured then choked to death on March 30 in a trailer court just northwest of Kentland and then her body was dumped in a rural hunting shack.

Parker’s plea agreement came with a one-year sentence, but she’ll also serve another four years for being a habitual offender.

“We have no evidence that she took part in the killing of Nicole Bowen other than the cover up,” said Newton County Prosecutor Jeff Drinski. “She was facing a maximum of 12 years for her involvement.”

Parker is one of five people who police and prosecutors say were either at her Kentland-area trailer at the time of Bowen’s slaying or helped hide her body.

The four others are awaiting trial including Garret Kirts, who is the only one to have been charged with homicide at this point.