Families Of Murder Victims Witness Bristow Woman Take Plea Deal
CREEK COUNTY, Oklahoma - A plea deal sends a Creek County grandmother to prison, in connection to a 1992 triple murder.
Beverly Noe was charged with killing Wendy Camp, her 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp's sister-in-law Lisa Kregear.
But in a plea deal Tuesday, prosecutors lessened the charges from first degree murder to accessory to murder. In exchange Noe pleaded no contest to helping carry out the murders.
During the hearing, Noe was just feet away from the victims' families. And even after more than two decades, the pain was still raw.
“I loved them so much. I thought they were coming home, and they didn't,” Wendy's husband, Leon Camp said crying.
As he and other family members were seated, Noe watched and said to her attorney, “That looks like what's-her-face's crew there in the front row.”
Shortly after that, she entered her plea and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, plus 15 years of probation. As she walked out of the courtroom wearing handcuffs and a smile, until she was met by a sea of cameras.
“Oh my God,” Noe said while covering her face with her hands.
Noe kept her face covered as she walked through the courthouse and to an SUV waiting to take her back to jail.
Reporter Tess Maune: “Beverly, for 21 years you said you didn't do it. Do you have any comment?”
Noe was charged with killing Wendy Camp, her 6-year-old daughter Cynthia Britto and Camp's sister-in-law Lisa Kregear.
The three went missing in 1992, after visiting Wendy's son, Jonathan in Creek County.
Jonathan was being raised by Noe, who was Wendy's ex-mother-in-law.
Noe was supposed to drive the three back home to Oklahoma City after the visit.
Wendy's husband waited, but they never made it.
“I took care of her. She relied on me to help her through so much because she had multiple sclerosis. And Cynthia called me Daddy, I wasn't her real Daddy, but I was the only Daddy she ever knew.” Leon said,
“And my sister, I loved her so much, we very close, too.”
Leon says in his heart he always knew Noe had something to do with the deaths of his wife, stepdaughter and sister, but there was never any proof, until two years ago.
That's when Noe's brother, Grover Prewitt, led investigators to a Pawnee County field; a piece of property Prewitt and his mother Ida once owned.
The bodies were found buried under 8-feet of dirt, confirming the family's worst fear.
“We feel like there were a lot of people in the family involved. We truly do. But as long as we got the one that was threatening my sister from the get-go,” said Wendy's sister, Aisha Hashmi.
Prewitt is charged with helping Noe and their mother, Ida, hide the bodies and evidence of the crimes.
“Her mother has always been a suspect in this crime,” Creek County District Attorney Max Cook said.
Ida was never charged with the murders. She died in 2011, before the bodies were discovered. At the time she was in prison, serving time for an unrelated crime.
So that leaves Prewitt as the key witness.
But District Attorney, Max Cook says Prewitt is in poor health, unable to testify against his sister.
He says in with a case that's two decades old, issues with witnesses arise.
“Through death, through medical issues, memories fail, we can't find them so an older case has its issues in that regard,” Cook said.
So the plea deal was offered, to close the case quickly and help give the victims' family closure, Cook said.
Noe accepted the deal and pleaded no contest to accessory to first degree murder, but showed little remorse.
Still for the family, it's answer and ending to an agonizing two decades.
“I could just see Wendy sitting beside me.” Hashmi said wiping tears from her eyes. “It's been a long journey and it's over. I'm thankful the most that this is the last and final step… Now it can all be about Wendy, Cynthia and Lisa. We don't have to focus on her [Noe] anymore.”
“I'm gonna be able to finally put them to rest and I'm thankful of that,” Leon said. “We've been through so much, it's time for God to give us peace.”
If Noe serves the full term, she would be 82 when released.
Noe has served prison time once before. She and her mother were imprisoned in 2007 for intentionally burning down their Bristow home to collect more than $83,000 from an insurance company.