Woman gets 45 years in ex-roommate's murder
A 41-year-old Jacksonville woman was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.
In December 2011, Patty White drove from South Carolina to Michelle O'Dowd's home in Jacksonville. O'Dowd, 67, once lived with White in the home.
The victim let White inside to talk, and after a brief conversation, White beat and strangled O'Dowd.
White then threw Christmas presents around and knocked items over to make it look like a burglary. She also stole the victim's credit cards and took money out of the accounts.
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