Buffalo teen sentenced in step-grandfather’s death

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An 18-year-old girl has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for her part in the beating and stabbing death of her step-grandfather in his western New York home.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn calls Thomas Heath’s murder “by a young girl who he loved” one of the most disturbing cases his office has seen.

Alexandria Heath of Buffalo was sentenced Thursday to the same prison term her 20-year-old boyfriend, Romaine Jirdon, received in December.

She admitted that she acted with her boyfriend in the beating and stabbing of 58-year-old Thomas Heath in November of 2017.

Prosecutors say the killing was intentional. They have not revealed a possible motive.

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