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Woman gets 40 years for boy’s death after staged break in

September 28, 2021 GMT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for her role in a staged home invasion where she pretended to be taken hostage that led to the death of an 8-year-old boy.

Linda Monette was at the Lexington home of the boy’s father in May 2019 and arranged to have acquaintances break into the house to steal money and drugs while holding her at gunpoint, prosecutors said.

The boy’s father shot at the gunman to try to save Monette and the gunman fired back wounding the father and hitting Mason Hanahan in the head, the 11th Circuit Solicitor

The gunman has not been found, prosecutors said.

The boy lived with his mother, but spent the night at his father’s home after baseball practice, prosecutors said.

Monette, 25, was convicted by a Lexington County jury of murder, criminal conspiracy, first-degree burglary and attempted armed robbery.