Like most Iraq War vets, Sgt. Sheldon Plummer, 28, was trained to kill, but not necessarily to murder. So it wasn't much of a crime for Thurston County detectives to solve after they found the body of Plummer's wife, Winter, 27, in April. It had been stuffed into a garage storage container at the family home near Lacey for almost three months. In the meantime, Plummer had called a Fort Lewis buddy and asked how one goes about disposing a body. The buddy called the cops. Yesterday Plummer pleaded guilty to murdering Winter, mother of their infant daughter. Winter, too, was a veteran of Iraq. She survived only to be killed in the war at home.
Plummer admitted to strangling his wife after a Feb. 19 dispute. He originally claimed she packed up and left, though her car was still parked outside and he had pawned some of her jewelry. The sergeant, a communications officer with three Iraq deployments, hadn't made any claims that the slaying was related to his Army experiences. But a woman who knew him before he joined the service told The Olympian "He is the last person in the world that I would ever think capable of murder."
Carlos Goseyun, Winter's father and a former cop, said he visited the couple at Chirstmastime, and heard them frequently arguing. "I had a feeling he was going to snap sooner or later," he said. His daughter "wanted to have a better life," he added, "so she joined the Army,"