LANCASTER – A Palmdale woman convicted of fatally shooting a woman after a brief romantic relationship was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive 25-year-to-life prison terms.
Larene Eleanor Austin, 33, was found guilty Aug. 13 of first-degree murder for the 2010 killing of LaNell Barsock, 29.
Jurors also found true an allegation that Austin used a handgun during the commission of the crime.
Austin and Barsock briefly dated after meeting through Craigslist before Barsock ended the relationship to focus on her boyfriend, according to court testimony.
Austin shot Barsock in the head June 16, 2010, at Barsock’s Palmdale home. She then tried to frame Barsock’s boyfriend for the killing, going as far as forging a letter in which Barsock purportedly broke up with the boyfriend and presenting it to police, according to evidence presented at trial.
Austin fled the country once officials cleared the man of any involvement in the killing.
She was arrested in January 2012 in the Central American country of Belize after the case was featured on an episode of the television series “America’s Most Wanted,” and was brought back to Los Angeles County later that month.
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