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Sentencing in elderly woman's robbery, murder: life without parole

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Lawrence Slaughter is sentenced Monday, May 13, 2013, to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus six years, for being one of three reputed gangsters to allegedly rob and kill an elderly woman in 2012 in Bakersfield, Calif.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — One of two men convicted of killing a 71-year-old woman during a robbery was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus six years.

Lawrence Slaughter was convicted last month of first-degree murder.

Guadalupe Ramos was attacked in August 2012 outside the Foods Co. grocery store on Haley Street. An alleged street gang member came up behind Ramos and ripped a gold chain from her neck. That knocked the frail woman to the ground, causing fatal injuries. Ramos suffered emotion-precipitated sudden cardiac death and blows to her trunk and extremities, the coroner's office said.

A third co-defendant and alleged co-conspirator, Christopher Patterson, has been identified as the man who allegedly carried out the physical robbery. He last had a competency hearing May 8 and remains incarcerated during prosecution.

Maxamillon McDonald, the other man who was convicted, had his sentencing postponed. He drove the getaway car that night, according to investigators.