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Teens gets 25, 30 years in killing of St. Louis woman


St. Louis – Two teenage girls involved in the beating death of a 62-year-old St. Louis woman in 2004 were sentenced to 25 and 30 years in prison Thursday.

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Gant got 30 years in prison for leading the plan to rob and kill Joann Foster. She admitted to striking the first blow with a fire extinguisher.

Gant was one of three teens who beat Foster to death in December 2004 in her apartment. All three pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Tyreshia Bateman was sentenced to 25 years.

Jessica Shelton was sentenced to 25 years in prison in the killing earlier this month.

The girls agreed to testify against each other to avoid a first-degree murder charge and life in prison.

All three were tried as adults.