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GILMER (February 28, 2014) Sarah Haslam, 20, of Longview, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2012 beating and burning death of an East Texas man.
Haslam, who pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of Ronnie Joe Gammage, 27, of Longview, was sentenced Thursday.
She could have faced the death penalty if convicted.
Another suspect, Daniel Paul Jones, 20, of Longview, pleaded guilty last year to capital murder and also was sentenced to life without parole.
Authorities say Gammage was mugged in November 2012 and told Longview police that his wallet was stolen.
Investigators said Haslam and Jones later tried but failed to cash a $400 check from Gammage, who evidently paid to get some items returned.
Authorities say Jones, Haslam and a third man then confronted and kidnapped Gammage.
The later sliced his throat and then set him on fire.
His body was found on Dec, 19, 2012, in a rural area of Upshur County.
The third suspect, Andrew Norwine of Arlington, remains in the Upshur County Jail in lieu of $1.3 million bond charged with capital murder.