2nd person gets life term for East Texas slaying

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 5:02 PM

GILMER, Texas (AP) — A second person has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2012 beating and burning death of an East Texas man.

A judge in Gilmer on Thursday sentenced 20-year-old Sarah Haslam of Longview. Haslam pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of 27-year-old Ronnie Joe Gammage of Longview. She could have faced the death penalty if convicted.

Another suspect, 20-year-old Daniel Paul Jones of Longview, pleaded guilty last year to capital murder and also was sentenced to life behind bars.

Authorities say Gammage was mugged in November 2012 and told Longview police that his wallet was stolen.

Investigators have said Haslam and Jones tried but failed to cash a $400 check from Gammage, who apparently paid to get some items returned. Relatives later reported him missing.

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