- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in state prison in the beating death of her west Philadelphia roommate.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/2cO5rRl ) reports that 59-year-old Denise Taylor collapsed into her chair in the courtroom as the sentence was announced Friday.

Taylor pleaded guilty in June to third-degree murder and possession of an instrument of crime in the November 2014 death of 62-year-old Saundra Barley.

Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp contended that Taylor whipped Barley with an extension cord over a period of 10 hours.

Chief medical examiner Sam Gulino testified that Barley had at least 160 whip injuries and 85 other blunt-impact injuries all over her body.

Taylor apologized to the victim’s family in court, calling Barley a friend she never intended to harm.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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