1996 car bomb killing sentencing comes in

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by Christine DiStadio

khou.com

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Updated Thursday, May 22 at 3:27 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A once-prominent socialite convicted of last month in the 1996 Tucson car bomb killing of her ex-husband has been sentenced to natural life in prison without the possibility of parole.
   
Pamela Phillips received the term Thursday for first-degree murder as well as 25 years to life for conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
   
She couldn't receive the death penalty because she was extradited from Austria, which has a treaty with the U.S. that won't allow anyone to be extradited for prosecution if they face capital punishment.
   
The 56-year-old Phillips was found guilty on April 8 of having Gary Triano killed with a pipe bomb outside a Tucson-area country club.
   
Prosecutors say Phillips hired an ex-boyfriend to kill Triano to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy so she could maintain her extravagant lifestyle.
 

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