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Woman gets life in prison in burned Ohioan's death



Published: Wed, November 6, 2013 @ 4:01 p.m.

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Another defendant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the death of a severely burned Canton woman who was found wailing along an eastern Ohio road.

A judge sentenced 22-year-old Katrina Culberson today in Zanesville, following the jury’s recommendation. The Zanesville Times Recorder reports Culberson tearfully apologized in court to relatives of 29-year-old Celeste Fronsman, who was set on fire and abandoned in Muskingum County in August 2012.

Culberson and another woman pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty. The third defendant, LaFonse Dixon Jr., was convicted at trial.

Like Culberson, Dixon was sentenced to life in prison plus 11 years for kidnapping. The other defendant, Monica Washington, was sentenced to life, with parole possible after 25 years.

The county prosecutor says justice was served.


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