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Rhonda Hagan wipes away tears after she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of her great aunt, Goldie Hall in Sept. 2012, during a hearing in Superior Court at the Carteret County Courthouse in Beaufort, N.C.,  Tuesday morning May 20, 2014. Hagan, of Newport, was sentenced to serve life in prison without parole. (AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News, John Sudbrink)

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Rhonda Hagan wipes away tears after she pleaded guilty to first-degree murder of her great aunt, Goldie Hall in Sept. 2012, during a hearing in Superior Court at the Carteret County Courthouse in Beaufort, N.C., Tuesday morning May 20, 2014. Hagan, of Newport, was sentenced to serve life in prison without parole. (AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News, John Sudbrink)

Woman gets life in slaying of great aunt

The Associated Press

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JACKSONVILLE — A 32-year-old Newport woman has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of her great aunt nearly two years ago.

Rhonda Hagan was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday in the death of 90-year-old Goldie Hall.

Authorities say the victim’s body was recovered from a shallow grave several days after there was a fire at her home. Hall died from blows to the head.

Hagan’s mother also pleaded guilty to accessory and other charges in the case. Phyllis Williams was sentenced Tuesday to five years of probation and must serve the first two years with electronic monitoring.