Man sentenced in woman’s drive-by death

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – A man charged in the death of a St. Louis woman who was killed by a stray bullet has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Twenty-one-year-old Ronnie Mottley was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Patrice Thimes. She died on St. Patrick’s Day 2011 when she was hit by a bullet fired in a gun battle between people on the street and a car that drove by.

Two other defendants, Bernard Dorris, and his cousin Sheltkeem Brown, are awaiting trial.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports jurors in May could not reach verdict in a trial for Mottley and Dorris. Their attorneys argued that witnesses were wrong or lied to police to protect the real shooters.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com