Cole Marcell, 26, formerly of Kamiah and Orofino, was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for at least 30 years on Friday, May 28, for the murder of Sarah Warden. District Judge Gregory FitzMaurice determined the sentence in Second District Court in Lewiston.
Marcell pled guilty to the charge of first degree murder on Feb. 24, 2020, for the killing of Warden, who was 32 at the time of the murder
Last year, Gabriel Mattingly was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for concealing the killing, and Amanda M.D. Jones was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison and as many as 30 years after she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
According to the state’s case, Marcell orchestrated the killing as part of an effort to steal Warden’s $800 Social Security check for drug money. Warden was seen entering a pickup truck in the Clarkston Walmart parking lot driven by Marcell and occupied by Mattingly and Jones in the early morning hours of June 1, 2018.
Prosecutors said Marcell drove the group to a secluded area near Waha and slit Warden’s throat while Jones held her down. Jones also beat and stabbed Warden. She told authorities Marcell then bludgeoned Warden with a hammer. Her body was dumped near Winchester and discovered about a month later.