THE partner of a drug dealer who brutally gunned down 27-year-old Wagga chef Allecha Boyd will spend at least 15 months in jail for trying to help him get away with murder.
Coolamon's Tracy Lee King, 36, had pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the murder of Ms Boyd, whom Samuel John Shepherd shot multiple times outside of Coolamon in August 2017.
In the NSW Supreme Court on Friday, Justice Robertson Wright sentenced her to a maximum of two years and three months' jail. King will be eligible for early release on February 24.
Following the sentencing, Ms Boyd's sister, Rhiannon Boyd, said the matter has "destroyed my whole family".
"My mum has deteriorated as a person," she said.
"It's so sad to watch every day. She cries every day. It really has broken everybody."
Court documents outlined the moments leading up to Ms Boyd's "brutal" murder, including King's role in trying to hide what her partner had done.
The court heard Ms Boyd was driven to Shephard's home to buy drugs the day she died.
Shephard, 37, and Anthony Hagan, 21, then drove her to the outskirts of town where they met up with Shephard and a woman on a dirt road.
As Hagan drove a car containing three children along the road, the woman confronted Ms Boyd over an alleged break-in at her home. Shephard then used a pistol to shoot Ms Boyd several times.
After the murder, Shephard and Hagan buried her body in the Lester State Forest. It has never been found.
King had become aware Shephard killed Ms Boyd by October 24, recording a voicemail asking him about the woman's location and accusing him of murder.
King also sent Shephard additional text and voice messages outlining her knowledge of the murder but when police came to her home that afternoon, she told them she knew nothing.
King again lied to police in April 2018, telling them she knew nothing to protect him.
After her arrest, King admitted lying to police because she was scared and said Shephard had threatened to harm her if she told them.
The court heard King suffered an upbringing of neglect, abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder.
While he classified King's crimes at the lower end of objective seriousness, Justice Wright emphasised they had played a part in the attempt to conceal Ms Boyd's murder.
"Her young life was taken from her in appalling and cruel circumstances," he said.
Rhiannon, who followed Friday's court proceedings via videolink, said the sentencing "didn't go the way we thought it was going to go".
"It just doesn't make sense. My sister's body still isn't been found, yet she [King] could be released next year," Rhiannon said.
Shephard is set for sentencing in February after he pleaded guilty in October to murder.
Earlier this year, Hagan was handed nearly five years' jail after pleading guilty to being an accessory after the fact to the murder.
- With AAP