Cecily Anne Aguilar, 22, of Killeen, Texas, United States is facing a third-degree felony charge. She is charged with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence as the accomplice of Aaron David Robinson, the man accused of killing Vanessa Guillen.
While Aguilar has been married to former U.S. Army soldier Keon Devonte Aguilar, 20, of Michigan, USA since May 8, 2018, they have been living separately since February 2020. Sine then, she has been in a relationship with Robinson.
Robinson and Guillen were both U.S. Army soldier stationed at the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas, USA. He worked in an adjacent building from where she worked.
On July 6, 2020, Aguilar made her initial appearance in federal court in Waco, Texas and appeared via the video conferencing app Zoom before Judge Jeffrey Maske, who read her the affidavit.according to WANE 15. She was dressed in a gray and white striped shirt and a mask.
When Maske asked Aguilar if she understood the charge, she first shook her head no, according to KCEN-TV. She then answered, “Yeah, yeah, sure.”
The charge against Aguilar holds a $250,000 fine along with a $100 fine toward the victim fund and if found guilty, she will be sentenced with 20 years in jail and five years of supervised release. It will be decided whether or not the case will go to a federal grand jury during her preliminary and bond hearing on July 14, 2020.
Guillen was last seen alive at 1 p.m. on April 22, 2020 in the parking lot of the Regimental Engineer Squadron Headquarters for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at the Fort Hood military base. Earlier that day, she had been working in the armory room wearing a black shirt, light purple leggings and a pair of black Nike tennis shoes.
On May 18, 2020, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID) interviewed two witnesses, who claimed they saw Robinson pulling a large “tough box” with wheels. He drove away after loading into his vehicle the box, which appeared heavy coming out of the arms room where he worked, the witnesses said.
Robinson then enlisted Aguilar’s help to dispose of the body, according to the federal criminal complaint. They mutilated the body and attempted to burn it but it did not burn completely so they buried the remains in three separate holes.
On June 30, 2020, contractors working on a fence along the Leon River in Bell County, Texas found what appeared to be human remains and notified the CID about it. The CID searched the area with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Marshals Service, Bell County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers and identified scattered human remains.
It appeared that the remains have been placed in a concrete-like substance. On July 5, 2020, the remains were positively identified as Guillen, her family’s attorney Natalie Khawam told CNN.
In the evening of June 30, 2020, Robinson fled the Fort Hood military base. In the same evening, Aguilar admitted to investigators that he told her that he killed a soldier on Fort Hood on April 22, 2020.
On July 1, 2020, Robinson committed suicide via gunshot when the USMS, the Killeen Police Department and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force were about to arrest him in the 4700 block of East Rancier Avenue in Killeen and was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:17 a.m. Aguilar was booked in the Bell County Jail at 2:53 a.m. on the same day.