Cabool, Mo. woman pleads guilty for her role in the death of a transgender teen

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 6:14 AM CDT
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A Cabool woman faces sentencing this summer after pleading guilty in the murder of a transgender teen.

Thursday morning, 26-year-old Briana Calderas of Cabool pleaded guilty to three class E felonies. She was set to go on trial for first degree murder on Monday for her role in the killing of Ally Stienfeld.

Calderas pleaded guilty to abandonment of a corpse, concealing a felony and tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution.

Each carries a maximum term of four years.

Calderas is one of three people accused of the killing in September of 2017.

Isis Schauer, who was also charged with first degree murder, was the first of the suspects to take a plea deal in December of 2017.

She pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Schauer and Claderas told investigators they helped burn Steinfeld's body after she had her eyes gauged out and was stabbed in the genitals by Andrew Vrba.

Steinfeld's remains were found in September of 2017 near Calderas' mobile home, just north of Cabool.

In July of 2018, James Grigsby of Thayer, pleaded guilty to abandonment of a corpse and was given four years to serve.

Andrew Vrba, the only suspect that hasn't taken a deal at this point, is being held in Greene County and is awaiting his trial next year.

KY3 reached out to Calderas' attorney for comment but she couldn't be reached.

Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox, who is the lead prosecutor in this case said he did not wish to comment on the plea deal.

Calderas is set for sentencing in Pulaski County in July.