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A woman who pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the 2017 murder of a 25-year-old man will serve 14 days in jail due to credit for time served.Jaylene Candice Cummings pleaded guilty on Friday to the charge that between Sept. 12-13, 2017 she was an accessory after the fact to the murder of Blayne Burnstick.The remains of Burnstick were discovered on Sept. 18, 2017, in the basement suite of a central Edmonton rooming house, which the community pegged as a trouble spot. Just days prior, police attended the house, located at 11119 94 St., for the murder of 76-year-old Nexhmi (Nick) Nuhi who was killed after being shot through the exterior door of the same suite.According to the agreed statement of facts, Cummings, who resided in the top floor suite of the house, was offered money and drugs to help clean up the scene and Burnstick’s body. Burnstick died of a gunshot wound to the head.Edward Piche has been charged with the second-degree murder of Burnstick.The agreed statement of facts said the cleanup of Burnstick’s murder occurred sometime between when he was shot and when police arrived to investigate the shooting of Nuhi on Sept. 13.The agreed statement of facts said Burnstick’s body was folded, taped, wrapped in a blanket and then the blanket was taped. His remains were placed in a garbage bag and hidden in a stairwell within the basement suite.Cummings assisted with the cleanup and disposing of bloody clothes from the scene at various locations around the city.A handful of Burnstick’s family were present in court, including his parents, sisters and aunts. A victim impact statement from his partner who gave birth to Burnstick’s daughter seven months after his death and one from his mother were read out before sentencing.Loretta Burnstick, Blayne Burnstick’s mom, said writing her victim impact statement was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do in her life.She said herself and members of her family continue to suffer from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder since her son’s death.“A part of me died with him,” she said.At the time of his death, Blayne Burnstick was enrolled in a trades program and was excited about becoming a father.“The most innocent victim is my granddaughter,” Loretta Burnstick said, adding that her granddaughter will never know her father.Asked by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Peter Michalyshyn whether she had anything to say before sentencing, Cummings addressed Burnstick’s family and said she was sorry.Machlyshyn accepted a joint submission for a sentence of 18 months.After credit for time served, Cummings has 14 days left on her firstname.lastname@example.org