- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Three women have been sentenced to long prison terms in the beating death of a homeless man outside a Philadelphia gas station.

Thirty-seven-year-old Aleathea Gillard, 27-year-old Kaisha Duggins and her 26-year-old sister Shareena Joachim all pleaded guilty in January to voluntary manslaughter.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Gillard and Duggins were sentenced Friday to the maximum term of 22½ to 45 years in state prison. Joachim was sentenced to 12½ to 25 years. All apologized to the victim’s family.

Prosecutors said 51-year-old Robert Barnes died seven months after he was punched, kicked and hit with a hammer and a piece of wood in April 2015.

Authorities said the attack stemmed from a 10-year-old boy’s accusation that he had been struck by the victim, although surveillance video showed no such contact.


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

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