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Man sentenced to life in restaurant slaying

Thursday - 4/25/2013, 8:14pm  ET

FREDERICK, Md. - A man who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting of a fast-food restaurant manager has been sentenced to life in prison.

Jose Mejia-Varela (meh-HE'-ah vah-REH'-lah) was sentenced Thursday in Frederick County Circuit Court. The News-Post of Frederick reports ( that he pleaded guilty in December to shooting 32-year-old Jacinta "Patty" Ayala in March 2011.

Ayala was an assistant manager at a Burger King restaurant. The mother of three was fatally shot as she opened the restaurant.


Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,

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