- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A woman who pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering her boyfriend at their Tupelo home has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2aMqMIt ) that 46-year-old Leah Bishop avoided a possible death sentence when she pleaded guilty to a murder charge Thursday in the May 2015 killing of 65-year-old Jessie Traylor.

Prosecutors said Bishop shot Traylor in the head three times and twice more in the chest before mutilating his body using an ax and a saw.

Relatives at the hearing described Traylor as a well-liked man who went out of his way to help others.

Bishop addressed Traylor’s family and asked for their forgiveness. She said she was under the influence of drugs on the night of the killing.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com

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