Fritts' Plead Guilty in Cheyenne
An Oregon woman arrested in Summit County has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multistate crime spree that police say she and her fugitive husband carried out last year. Jessica Fritts, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cheyenne, Wyo., to felony carjacking and weapons charges. Fritts was arrested Aug. 14, 2011, after officials say her husband, Roy Scott Fritts, shot and wounded a man in Wyoming, stole his car and fled across the Utah border.
Jessica Fritts faces up to 30 years in prison when she is sentenced Aug. 22 Roy Fritts, 34, appeared in a Wyoming court via video Thursday, according to the Sweetwater County, Wyo., Sheriff’s Office. Fritts is being held in a Rock Springs jail on charges of attempted murder and larceny. His bail is set at $1 million. Last year, police say Roy Fritts shot 54-year-old Edmund Thornell, of Costa Mesa, Calif. A family that found the man wounded on a Wyoming roadway said Thornell told them "a man he had picked up hitchhiking ... and a female who had red hair had lured him away from his van, shot him and took his van," according to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office. Roy Fritts was wanted at the time for fleeing from parole in Oregon, where officials say he fired at police during a chase. He also was wanted for a jailbreak in Tennessee, according to Sweetwater officials. Officers spotted the van near Evanston and tried to stop it, but it continued into Utah. Summit County deputies picked up the chase near Echo. Spike strips stopped the van, and Jessica Fritts was caught. Roy Fritts continued to run but was arrested after a short standoff, police said.