Man sentenced to life in prison for strangling woman

Argument over money led to killing

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Alexander Patton

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man convicted of killing a 61-year-old woman last year was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

Alexander Patto, 40, also received five years on a drug charge.

A jury convicted him last month on charges of first-degree murder in the killing of Paula Milam, and possession of a controlled substance.

In August 2011, Patton went to Milam's home and argued over how much money he owed her. Patton then used two electrical cords and a weed-eater line to strangle her.

Patton took Milam's prescription medication, left the home, and minutes later got into an accident on Interstate 95. He was captured by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office after the accident.

"The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office did an outstanding job solving this tragic case," said Assistant State Attorney Rich Mantei. "We are grateful to the jury and Judge Boyer for their wisdom, and we will continue to seek justice for victims like Paula Milam. I hope the sentence will bring a small measure of comfort to Ms. Milam's daughter and her family."

State Attorney Angela Corey also tried the case.

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