Plea in double murder in alleged drunk car wreck set for Thursday

Stacy Lonnberg, 51, of Gilroy, was charged with two counts of

Stacy Lonnberg, the 51-year-old Gilroy woman who is charged with murder for allegedly driving drunk and causing a Jan. 14 car accident that killed her husband and daughter, is scheduled to enter a plea on Thursday at the Santa Clara County Superior Court at 2 p.m.
Lonnberg, who is in custody on two counts of murder, will probably say she is not ready to plea at the hearing on Thursday, according to Deputy District Attorney Matthew Braker.
If convicted, Lonnberg could face a minimum of 15 years in prison. Braker said he is confident there is enough evidence to convict Lonnberg with murder.
“Right now, according to our investigation, we think murder is the appropriate charge,” Braker said.
Originally charged with manslaughter, Lonnberg bailed out of jail four days after the wreck but was re-arrested after the District Attorney’s office upped the charges to murder Jan. 25, and has been in custody since.
Lonnberg’s husband Fred Lonnberg, 57, and her daughter Tiffiny Gillette, 26, died when she rolled the family’s pickup on Highway 85 in Los Gatos, according to the California Highway Patrol. Lonnberg has admitted that she had been drinking the day of the accident.

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