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Woman Gets 25 Years For Killing Companion

A Fort Hall woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for last year’s slaying of her companion has been sentenced to a fixed 25-year prison term.

Sharon Stone, 33, appeared Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge for sentencing in the March 12, 1994, shooting death of Leah Osborne, 43. She was killed in the Fort Hall Reservation mobile home the couple shared.

Prosecutors alleged the shooting was the result of a jealous rage.

Stone pleaded guilty to seconddegree murder in February and prosecutors agreed to reduce the charge from first-degree murder. She also pleaded guilty to using a firearm in a violent act.

One of Stone’s attorneys, Kevin Peterson, said Stone is remorseful and wants to spare Osborne’s family further pain. He said Osborne and Stone had been together for a long time.

“They were in love,” Peterson said. “They had a lesbian relationship and had plans for the future.”

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