Crime

Driver in Lynden drug deal, shooting sentenced to more than year in prison

The woman who drove drug dealers to a Lynden home where a fatal shootout occurred last November was sentenced to one year and five months in prison Tuesday, June 12, for her role in the incident.

Ashley Fischer, 22, pleaded guilty earlier this year to two counts of first-degree rendering criminal assistance and one count of drug possession.

Fischer drove Andrew Medina and brothers Salvador and Oscar Rodriguez to a Lynden home for a drug deal Nov. 22, 2011.

Jeremiah Winchester was at the home with several others and had set up the drug deal to rob the brothers, but things went wrong quickly and Winchester was shot in the face. His son, Jesse Winchester, was shot and killed by one of the brothers.

Jeremiah Winchester was sentenced in May to 20 years in prison for attempted robbery and drug possession.

After the brothers and Medina fled the house, they got back into Fischer's car. Her car was shot at as she drove off, so they ditched her car and went to another couple's home, according to court documents. From there, the Rodriguez brothers obtained another car and had Fischer drive them to the Mexican border. The have yet to be arrested.

After Fischer returned to Whatcom County, she turned herself in to authorities. She told deputies that she had met the brothers about six weeks before and that they would pay her to drive them to and from drug deals, according to court documents.

She had originally been charged with second-degree murder as well, but she pleaded guilty to the lesser charges and agreed to cooperate with law enforcement and testify for the prosecution in any trials related to the shootout.

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