A Reading woman pleaded guilty to killing 23-year-old Madison Walb in the city in 2017, then helping to dump her body along a Berks County road.
Carmen Morales-Feliciano, 26, of the 900 block of North 11th Street pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, abuse of a corpse, drug trafficking and other charges in Berks County Court.
Morales-Feliciano shot Madison Walb, 23, of Exeter Township, in the head from close range on Oct. 6, 2017, investigators said.
Judge Madelyn S. Fudeman sentenced her to 22½ to 50 years in state prison, as Morales-Feliciano agreed to in her plea deal. She received credit for 768 days of time served.
She also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, conspiracy, and five counts related to heroin and cocaine trafficking, including three from a separate arrest.
Prosecutors did not discuss whether Morales-Feliciano had a motive for the shooting.
Fudeman told Morales-Feliciano that she not only took the life of a young woman, but hurt so many others as well.
"You've impacted the lives of every single person in her family forever, as well as destroyed your own (life)," Fudeman said.
Morales-Feliciano declined her opportunity to speak to the court, but Assistant District Attorney Rosalynda Michetti read a letter from Walb's niece, Alexis Orth, to Morales-Feliciano. Orth spoke about receiving a phone call that her aunt was found dead by the side of the road.
"I couldn't believe it was true," she said. "Nothing will ever take away the pain that we feel. She is gone because of you."
Investigators gave this account:
On Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, Lower Heidelberg Township Police were called to the 200 block of Riegel Road in the township, where a female body, wrapped in a carpet, was found in a field along the road.
Township police and the Berks County Detective Bureau investigated and used the victim's thumbprint to identify her as Walb.
An autopsy concluded that she died of a single close contact gunshot wound to her head and the manner of death was ruled homicide.
Detectives located and interviewed a close friend of Walb who saw her walking away from a restaurant in the 800 block of Penn Street, heading toward South Eighth Street on the day she was believed to have been murdered two days earlier.
With the aid of video surveillance footage, detectives learned the following:
At 1:05 a.m. that morning, the victim was seen entering the first floor apartment of 800 Franklin Street, a house where drugs were being sold.
At 1:45 am, several occupants, including Morales-Feliciano and her brother, Christopher Morales-Feliciano, 23, of Reading were seen exiting 800 Franklin St.
At 2:37 a.m., Christopher Morales-Feliciano and Christian Carmona-Llanos, 27, of Reading, returned to and entered the building.
A short time later, the two men were seen removing a large piece of rolled up carpet out of the side window onto South Eighth Street. An arm appeared to be protruding from the end of the rolled up carpet. The carpet was seen being transported to an awaiting vehicle that just arrived in the 100 block of the street. The vehicle then traveled south on Eighth Street toward Chestnut Street.
Detectives interviewed a witness who had a conversation with Carmen Morales-Feliciano in which she admitted that she shot Walb in the head. The witness stated that after the shooting, her brother and Carmona-Llanos met at the local corner store to discuss what to do with Walb's body. As a result of that meeting, they all returned to 800 Franklin St., where the men wrapped Walb's body inside the large piece of carpet. Carmen Morales-Feliciano then drove them to the spot where the men “threw her away.”
She also admitted to the witness that after disposing of the victim's body she returned to 800 Franklin St. and opened the “trap house” to continue selling drugs.
Video surveillance captured her involved in making numerous hand-to-hand deliveries of a controlled substance. These transactions occurred prior to and after the death of Walb.
In May, Christopher Morales-Feliciano was sentenced to 7½ to 25 years in prison following his open guilty plea to abuse of a corpse, tampering with evidence, delivery of heroin, possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and cocaine, and conspiracy.
Carmona-Llano is awaiting a court date on charges of abuse of a corpse, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and criminal conspiracy.