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

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

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.