GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The woman who was dating a man recently convicted of raping and killing a Grand Rapids teenager has accepted a plea deal.
Tiara Lakeya Burnett appeared in a Grand Rapids courtroom Monday where she pleaded guilty to perjury in the Mujey Dumbuya murder investigation. In turn, the prosecutor agreed to dismiss two charges of witness intimidation against Burnett.
In February, a jury convicted Quinn James of first-degree murder for Mujey’s death.
Both Burnett and James worked at Kentwood Public Schools, as a custodian and groundkeeper, respectively.
The district placed Burnett on administrative leave after it learned of the perjury charge. James worked at the school district until he was charged with sexually assaulting Mujey in November 2017.
Burnett is expected back in court for sentencing June 3. The perjury charge carries a punishment of up to life in prison.