Woman pleads guilty to accessory after murder in Johnson City double stabbing

Becky Campbell • Feb 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Another chapter of a 2009 double stabbing murder closed Monday when a Johnson City woman pleaded guilty to helping the killer after the crime.

Ashley Nicole Rose, 24, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of murder in exchange for a one-year prison term. She faced up to six years if convicted at trial.

Rose’s attorney, Jonathan Minga, asked Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood to place his client on probation, but the judge denied that request.

Rose is the former fiance of Ryan James Howard, 36, who was convicted by a jury in September 2010 for second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Howard stabbed Ted Gregg and Robert Brown inside a Keystone apartment in Feb. 5, 2009, after an argument started about money.

Earlier that evening the four were drinking together at a downtown bar and ended up at Brown’s sister’s apartment. She was not home at the time.

After the stabbings, Howard and Rose fled to his residence on Rockhouse Road.

Rose lied to police when they knocked on the door and asked if Howard was there. An investigator found Howard hiding in the attic.

During her hearing on Monday, Rose testified that she will begin serving a 180-day sentence Friday for a violation of probation. She was on probation for a worthless check conviction. Her one-year sentence on the accessory conviction will run consecutively to the other sentence, Blackwood said.

At a sentencing hearing in November 2010, Howard was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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