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Woman sentenced to 8 years for slaying in SW Colo.

1:32 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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DURANGO, Colo. (AP) - A 20-year-old woman charged in the killing of a man in southwestern Colorado has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Shanice Smith, of Farmington, N.M., was sentenced Friday. She pleaded guilty to accessory to murder and robbery stemming from the April 3, 2012, shooting death of 39-year-old Joey Benavidez at his mother's house near Ignacio.

The shooting is believed to have resulted from a drug deal gone wrong.

Court records say Smith accompanied her cousin, Tommy Lee Mitchell, and friend Elijah Anglin to confront Benavidez, but she never entered the home. Smith remained in a car outside the house with a rifle by her side - on call if she needed to come inside.

Mitchell and Anglin are awaiting trial for first-degree murder.


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