- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Granby woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2010 strangulation of her wife.

Forty-nine-year-old Cara Lee Rintala was sentenced in Northampton on Wednesday after a jury convicted her last week of first-degree murder in her third trial.

The body of 37-year-old Annamarie Cochrane Rintala, a paramedic, was found in the couple’s home in March 2010 at the bottom of the basement stairs covered in paint.

Trials in 2013 and 2014 ended in mistrials. Jurors in the third trial were allowed to consider both murder and manslaughter charges.

First-degree murder convictions are automatically appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court.

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