3 women get long sentences in homeless man's beating death

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 1, 2018 8:37 AM

(Philadelphia) -- Three women have been sentenced to long prison terms in the beating death of a homeless man outside a Philadelphia gas station.

Thirty-seven-year-old Aleathea Gillard, 27-year-old Kaisha Duggins and her 26-year-old sister Shareena Joachim all pleaded guilty in January to voluntary manslaughter.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Gillard and Duggins were sentenced Friday to the maximum term of 221/2 to 45 years in state prison. Joachim was sentenced to 121/2 to 25 years.

All apologized to the victim's family.

Prosecutors said 51-year-old Robert Barnes died seven months after he was punched, kicked and hit with a hammer and a piece of wood in April 2015.

Authorities said the attack stemmed from a 10-year-old boy's accusation that he had been struck by the victim, although surveillance video showed no such contact.

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