Fate sealed for EMC female capital murder defendant

CONROE- A Splendora woman was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 410 District Court on Friday, for her involvement in the September 28, 2007 capital murder of a Magnolia man.

Kasey Erin “Pebbles” Kantak, 27, has been in the Montgomery County Jail since October 9, 2007, and will now be transferred to the custody of the Texas Department of Corrections which will determine where Kantak spends the rest of her life, barring a successful appeal of her sentence.

Kantak and four others were indicted on capital murder charges in the death of 52-year-old Gregory Willkomm whose burned body was discovered in Harris County on Sept. 29, 2007- two days after he was reported missing. Forensic examination revealed Willkomm died from a gunshot wound and was then burned, presumably to try and cover up the crime. A week and a half after the charred body was found, the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the remains were Willkomm and a missing person case turned into a murder investigation.

Shortly after his disappearance, investigators learned Willkomm’s credit card and identifying information were used at multiple locations in North Harris County and East Montgomery County. Further investigation led the arrests of eight people. It was later determined two of those were not involved.

Kantak is the third of the five defendants to be tried, according to First Assistant District Attorney Phil Grant. James Carl Stallings, 34, of Magnolia was tried in April and also sentenced to life in prison. Johnny W. Mozingo, 46, of Houston reached a plea agreement in May and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the lesser charge of robbery.

Grant said the DA’s office was pleased with the verdict, which was what prosecutors sought. They did not feel the death penalty was appropriate in the Kantak case, Grant said.

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