Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 25, 2014

Woman sentenced to life in prison for 2012 Princeton slaying

PRINCETON — A Mercer County woman was sentenced to life in prison with mercy Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the July 2013 shooting death of a Princeton woman.

Latasha Kanode,  23, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Derek Swope to life in prison with mercy meaning she would be eligible for parole in 15 years. Kanode also was sentenced to 20 years for first-degree robbery, three to 15 years for attempted murder, and one to five years for conspiracy.

Swope said Kanode would have to serve a minimum of 29 years before being eligible for parole, and to discharge the entire sentence, including time for good behavior, she would need to serve a minimum of 35 years.

Kanode, along with Steven Brandon MacDonald, 33, are both charged in connection with the shooting death of Sherry Matthews, 44, of Thornton Avenue, near Princeton, on July 15, 2013. The state alleges the two went to the residence to rob the woman.

A second individual in the residence, Edward Lee Thomas, 41, of Princeton , also was shot, but survived.


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