Man sentenced in woman's drive-by death

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Friday, August 22 2014 Aug 22, 2014 Friday, August 22, 2014 5:43:45 AM CDT August 22, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man charged in the death of a St. Louis woman who was killed by a stray bullet has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Twenty-one-year-old Ronnie Mottley was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Patrice Thimes. She died on St. Patrick's Day 2011 when she was hit by a bullet fired in a gun battle between people on the street and a car that drove by.

Two other defendants, Bernard Dorris, and his cousin Sheltkeem Brown, are awaiting trial.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports jurors in May could not reach verdict in a trial for Mottley and Dorris. Their attorneys argued that witnesses were wrong or lied to police to protect the real shooters.

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