Fourth person sentenced in Bluffs woman’s death


October 7th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The last person accused of participating in the murder of a Council Bluffs woman earlier this year, was sentenced Thursday to 20-years in prison. 47-year old Clarence Woolsoncroft plead guilty to five charges in connection with the January 14th murder of 39-year old Tammy Rocha. Wilsoncroft was charged with willful injury causing serious injury with a dangerous weapon, willful injury causing bodily injury, and three misdemeanors. He had faced charges of 1st degree murder, 1st degree kidnapping, 1st degree robbery and conspiracy. He’ll have to serve at least five-years in jail, before he’s eligible for parole.

Last May, a jury found Woolsoncroft guilty of 2nd degree murder, false imprisonment and willful injury causing serious injury, but that decision was vacated and the judge granted a new trial, in July, after agreeing with the defense attorney’s position that there had been an error in jury instructions, and that prosecutors failed to provide evidence Woolsoncroft knew a knife was used in the crime, or that he knew there was an intent to murder the woman.

Three other people involved in the stabbing of Rocha near a residence in Council Bluffs were sentenced to a total of 82-years in prison. Lisa Reeves plead guilty to 2nd degree murder, and was sentenced to 50-years in jail. Reeves stabbed Rocha seven times with a knife in front of Reeves’ residence in Council Bluffs, after Rocha stole four rings and a cellphone from her the night before.

Reeves’ father, Bryan Reeves, pleaded guilty to three lesser charges and was sentenced to 30-years in prison. And, Eric Long — Reeves’ boyfriend — was sentenced to two-years in prison, after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact.