Bakersfield, CA – Two suspects who plead no contest to accessory after the fact in connection with a murder at a California ski resort last fall have been sentenced to probation.
Thomas Ertz and Joan Noble were sentenced on Wednesday to three years on probation for their part in the killing of Carl Woolwine, 50, at California’s Alta Sierra ski resort. The alleged shooter, Bobby Rhines, 43, still faces first degree murder charges.
Rhynes says that he meant to shoot over Woolwine’s head to scare him, but instead shot the victim in the head in the October incident in a maintenance building at the ski area. The trio were reportedly upset about sexual innuendos Woolwide made about Noble, and Rhynes, the boss of both Noble and Ertz, her boyfriend, allegedly pulled the trigger as a result.
All four were working at Alta Sierra to prepare the resort for ski season. Woolwine’s body was found in a shallow grave dug at the ski area.
Ertz and Noble were accused of not reporting the incident to authorities.