Man gets life in prison after 2nd-degree murder conviction in central Pa. woman's death

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YORK, Pennsylvania — A man has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted second-degree murder in the death of a woman who was letting him stay in her central Pennsylvania home.

Jurors in York Count deliberated for less than an hour and a half Thursday before convicting 34-year-old Bryan Brackbill Jr. in the death of 57-year-old Sandra Mulder, whose bound body was found in June 2013. Missouri police arrested Brackbill the next day driving the victim's car.

Prosecutors said Brackbill was homeless when he and his girlfriend moved in, and they alleged that he committed the murder "in a fit of drunken rage." Defense attorney Rick Robinson argued that it made no sense for Brackbill to kill someone he had known for 17 years and who had provided him with shelter.

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