- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A 38-year-old landscaper has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for arranging the murder of an 83-year-old Wheaton woman.

Jose Alvarado pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in June. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Paul H. Weinstein handed down the sentence on Tuesday.

Alvarado admitted going to the home of Lila Meizell with his cousin, Ramon Alvarado, in November 2008. Jose Alvarado had added two zeros to a $75 check from Meizell and was afraid Meizell would discover the theft. As the cousins had agreed, Ramon Alvarado forced his way into Meizell’s house, beat her and set her on fire while she was still alive.

Ramon Alvarado was sentenced in November to two consecutive life terms plus 30 years in prison.

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