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Woman pleads guilty in connection to fatal Eden Prairie home invasion

Autumn Marie Nichols. Photo: File
Autumn Marie Nichols.

May 14, 2019 02:42 PM

The woman accused of acting as the getaway driver in a deadly Eden Prairie home invasion last fall pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday in connection to the crime.

Autumn Marie Nichols admitted she waited in the car during the incident.

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The robbery occurred last October at the home of Oukham Oudavanh, the owner of Shuang Hur Asian Market. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled 63-year-old Oudavanh's heart attack during the incident and subsequent death a homicide.

Lennie Dwayne Brooks and Randy Lorenzo Brooks also face federal robbery charges, under the Hobbs Act, for allegedly stealing roughly $50,000 while robbing Oudavanh and his wife.

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A second woman, Esperanza Cardenas, also pleaded guilty to helping the same brothers commit another robbery of the Holland Auction Company in southern Minnesota last September.

Cardenas also admitted to driving stolen jewelry across state lines to Iowa after prosecutors say the Brooks brothers robbed two people from Trisko Jewelry in Waite Park in August 2018.

According to an indictment, Lennie Brooks searched for potential victims online, focusing on jewelry stores and businesses that deal in cash.

Cardenas and Nichols faced a maximum of 20 years in prison for the crimes. A judge will later decide their sentences.

It's unknown if the women will testify against Lennie and Randy Brooks if their case goes to trial.

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