Hunsucker and Machado Take Plea Deal in Willow Creek Slaying


On Thursday, November 21, 2013, Bruce “Jason” Hunsucker and Samantha Kristine Machado appeared in court and accepted a plea deal for the killing of Willow Creek man, Darrell Hanger Sr.

Both pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge than first degree murder, which they would have faced if they proceeded to trial.

Hunsucker and Machado, along with two others, Jackson Earl Surber and Sonia Lexion Hunsucker, were part of an attempted burglary at Hanger’s son’s home in Willow Creek that left Darrell Hanger Sr. dead on May 5, 2011. The four burglarized the home the previous night and had returned for more during the early morning hours of May 5.

Hanger, and his son, Darrell Ryan Hanger stayed in the house that night and armed themselves in case the burglars came back. The four individuals did come back and parked a stolen Toyota Tacoma in the home’s carport. That’s where the Hangers confronted the burglars and ordered them out of the car. The two groups exchanged gunfire that led to Darrell Hanger’s death.

All four suspects originally faced almost a dozen charges, including: first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and taking a vehicle without owner’s consent. However, only Surber was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in September. Sonia Hunsucker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2012. She’s currently serving a 15-year to life sentence.

As for Machado and Bruce “Jason” Hunsucker, they both received a plea deal and are due back in court on December 19 for sentencing. They both pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two counts of first-degree burglary, as well as other charges.

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