Woman Sentenced to Life for Death of Boyfriend's Former Lover

October 13, 2010

A central Pennsylvania woman will spend the rest of her life in prison after pleading guilty to helping kill her boyfriend's former lover.

Forty-four-year-old Beth Ann Markman had been awaiting a new trial when she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday in Cumberland County court. She was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Markman had been convicted of first-degree murder but that was thrown out when her attorney argued a statement by her boyfriend shouldn't have been allowed as evidence.

Thirty-four-year-old William Howard Housman is on death row for October 2000 slaying of 18-year-old Leslie Rae White. Prosecutors say Housman and Markman lured White to Housman's home, then gagged and strangled her.

White's body was discovered in an abandoned car in Virginia.


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