Woman sentenced for killing former roommate
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A woman who tried to cover up her tracks with Christmas presents is going to prison for killing her former roommate.
On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Patty Michelle White, 41, to 45 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing Michelle O'Dowd in December 2011. Police said White drove from South Carolina to where she used to live with O'Dowd.
Authorities said White beat and strangled O'Dowd. White made it look like a burglar ransacked the home by knocking items over and tossing Christmas presents around. Authorities said White also took the victim's credit cards and stole money from her accounts.
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