By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen
LANDER – An accomplice in the Hudson double-homicide burglary arson who pleaded guilty to committing robbery in connection to the case was sentenced Thursday to a maximum 16 years in prison. 23-year-old Ryan Hanway received his sentence from Judge Norman Young, who set the minimum at eight years, which will include his 427 days in jail as time served. The update’s coming from our news partner County10.com.
His co-defendant, Laziur Stephen Hanway Jr. has already been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of 42-year-old Eric Likes and 20-year-old Elva Quiver who were killed two years ago while sleeping in their trailer home, which was then set on fire to cover evidence. Two other co-defendants, Joseph Jude Jenkins and his wife Samantha Hanway, have also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in July.
Hanway confessed to his part in the crime soon after the incident, saying he was in on the planning to burglarize the couple’s home. It was an attempt, he said, that was abandoned because the couple was at home. But, he said in court this week he should have done more to stop his co-defendants who ultimately returned to the trailer. In sentencing, the judge said he could not ignore the violent nature of the aggravated robbery, but was taking into consideration Hanway’s young age at the time and a lack of any previous severe criminal history.