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Two plead "guilty" to killing of Willow Creek Volunteer Firefighter
Bruce "Jason" Hunsucker and Samantha Kristine Machado plead “guilty” to voluntary manslaughter Thursday afternoon for the 2011 killing of Willow Creek Volunteer Firefighter Darrell Hanger Sr.
Hunsucker and Machado, along Jackson Surber and Sonia Hunsucker were part of an attempted burglary at a Willow Creek home that left Hanger dead on May 5 2011. The four were involved in a burglary at the same home the previous night, and went back to attempt another burglary in the early morning of May 5. That’s when the fatal events occurred.
Hanger, and his son, Darrell Ryan Hanger stayed in the house that night and armed themselves in case the burglars came back. The four individuals did come back and parked a stolen Toyota Tacoma in the home’s carport. That’s where the Hangers confronted the burglars and ordered them out of the car. The two parties exchanged gunfire that ultimately led to Darrell Hanger’s death.
All four were originally faced with almost a dozen charges, including: first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and taking a vehicle without owner's consent. However, only Surber was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in September. Sonia Hunsucker plead guilty to second-degree murder in 2012 and she’s currently serving a 15-year to life sentence.
As for Machado and Bruce “Jason” Hunsucker, they both received a plea deal and are due back in court on December 19 for sentencing. They both plead "guilty" to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of first-degree burglary, as well as other charges. Hunsucker's attorney, Neal Sanders told News Channel Three that he will serve 17 years and 4 months, but already has more than two years of credit to put toward the sentence.