Coari pleads guilty in Auxvasse double homicide, sentenced to life

Ryan Coari will serve two consecutive life sentences for the double homicide of an Auxvasse-area man and his daughter in 2011.

Coari, 32, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder in the deaths of Michael J. Wieberg and his daughter, Amanda Wieberg. The Wiebergs’ bodies were found in the rubble of Michael Wieberg’s burned home Sept. 1, 2011. Both had been shot with .40 caliber bullets.

Coari was accused of shooting the Wiebergs to death during an armed robbery and then setting their home on fire while his wife, Jacie Coari, waited down the road in their car.

Coari also pleaded guilty to two counts of armed criminal action, for which he was sentenced to 30 years each, and one count of arson for which he was sentenced to seven years.

He originally had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson said the plea deal was reached after months of negotiation and consultation with the Wiebergs’ family.

“His attorneys, the attorney general and I had a number of discussions … the last couple of months, coming to a place where we were closer to being on the same page,” Wilson said Tuesday. “After he made the offer, we sat down with the victims’ family and that’s what they wanted to do.”

Jacie Coari also faces charges of two counts of second-degree murder and one count of first-degree robbery for her role. Her trial, which was scheduled to start in March is set to be rescheduled. Wilson said Jacie Coari does not yet have a new trial date, but that a request for a new trial setting will be filed soon.

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