A Simi Valley woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to a murder that the authorities initially did not realize was a murder.
The victim, 52-year-old Janice Richardson, was found dead in her Simi Valley home in 2009 and initially the authorities blamed her death on a drug overdose.
But a few months later, Simi Valley police received information that her death might have been murder.
Their investigation discovered that during the early morning hours of January 23, 2009, Idee Scholz, her husband Ronald, and Glenn Sires entered Richardson's home looking for drugs.
Prosecutors say that Idee Scholz and Sires killed Richardson by smothering her to death.
The authorities say they then staged the death to look like a drug overdose.
And that's what the authorities initially believed until the follow up investigation revealed the truth.
Sires, now 48-years-old, was ultimately convicted by a jury of second-degree murder in September of last year and sentenced to 15-years-to-life in prison.
Idee Scholz, now 57-years-old, pleaded guilty Tuesday to the same charge and is also expected to receive 15-years-to-life in prison when she is sentenced on June 12th.
Her husband Ronald, now 61-years-old, had earlier been allowed to plead guilty to the lessor charge of felony burglary and testified against Sires at his trial.
Ronald Scholz is awaiting sentencing on May 21st.