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3- to 7-year term imposed in case related to officer slaying

October 20, 2018

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A woman charged with hindering the apprehension of a man sought in the shooting death of a western Pennsylvania police officer has been sentenced to three to seven years in prison.

A Westmoreland County judge on Friday imposed the sentence on 40-year-old Lakita Cain of New Kensington, who pleaded guilty in May to one count of hindering apprehension.

Defense attorney Valerie Veltri said she was shocked that the judge went outside sentencing guidelines, and her client was “pretty upset.”

Prosecutors said Cain lied to investigators about the whereabouts of 30-year-old Rahmael Holt and his gun after the Nov. 17 shooting death of New Kensington officer Brian Shaw.

Cain will receive credit for the 11 months she has already spent in jail. Holt awaits trial on first-degree murder and other charges.

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