Mass. woman gets up to 4 years for lying about disappearances

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to up to four years in prison for lying to police investigating the disappearance of another woman whose dead body was found about a year later.

Laura Reilly, of Easthampton, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in Berkshire Superior Court to two counts of misleading police investigating the March 2017 disappearance of Joanne Ringer.

Ringer, of Clarksburg, was reported missing when she failed to show up for her first shift as a taxi driver in Easthampton. Her skeletal remains were found in Hatfield in February 2018.

Ringer’s husband, Charles Reidy, was the prime suspect in her disappearance and death, but he took his own life before he could be charged.

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Prosecutors say Reilly and Reidy had previously been romantically involved.

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