Sparkle Daniel Gets 25 to Life in Plastic-Bag Murder

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010  |  Updated 9:45 AM EDT
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Sparkle Daniel Gets 25 to Life in Plastic-Bag Murder

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A New York City woman has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the plastic-bag suffocation death of a 91-year-old in 2003.

Sparkle Daniel was found guilty of second-degree murder earlier this month. Bronx Supreme Court Justice John Carter called the crime "despicable'' as he sentenced the 25-year-old woman on Monday.

Prosecutors said Daniel and another woman poured wine down 91-year-old Nellie Hocutt's throat and stuffed her mouth with a piece of cloth before suffocating her with a plastic bag.

They say the suspects bound the woman to a chair with tape and a telephone cord.

At the time of their arrest in 2007, police said the women had decided to rob Hocutt of a gold chain and some towels.

The second defendant is awaiting trial.

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