Man who shot fast food worker pleads no contest

Posted: Tuesday, April 03, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The man who twice shot a Wendy's restaurant manager in the head last year pleaded no contest to first-degree murder in Anchorage Superior Court.

Under a plea agreement, Omelette M. ''Fillo'' Muasau, 19, agreed to the maximum first-degree murder penalty of 99 years in prison but will have no restriction on parole.

Monday's short hearing came 14 months after Muasau and friend Jeremy Palmer forced their way into the midtown restaurant.

The two ordered one employee into a back room and ordered store manager Dianne Rostron to unlock a restaurant safe. Muasau then shot Rostron in the back of her head with a .22-caliber revolver, Anchorage police said. The bullet didn't penetrate her skull and she dropped to her knees with her hands pressed together as if she were praying, police said.

Muasau used a larger gun to shoot Rostron again, killing her, police said. The crime was captured by the store's surveillance camera.

The other employee was not injured but recognized the two men as former employees. They had quit their jobs two weeks earlier. Palmer and Muasau were arrested and charged hours later.

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