Craigslist Killers Get Life Without Parole

Miranda Barbour and husband Elytte sentenced for ambush killing
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2014 1:21 PM CDT
Miranda Barbour enters the Northumberland County courthouse for sentencing on Sept. 18, 2014, in Sunbury, Pa.   (AP Photo/Hazelton Standard-Speaker, Amanda August)
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(Newser) – A married couple who met up with and murdered a Pennsylvania man who answered the wife's Craigslist ad offering "companion" services has been sentenced to life in prison without parole, the Patriot-News reports. Miranda Barbour, 19, and her 22-year-old husband, Elytte, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the November death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. He was stabbed multiple times by Miranda as Elytte held him down with a TV cable wire before they dumped his body in a Sunbury backyard and headed to a strip club to party for Elytte's birthday, CNN reports.

The Barbours had been married for only three weeks when they decided to find someone to kill, police say. Miranda picked up LaFerrara, who had answered her Craigslist ad, at a local mall as her husband crouched under a blanket in the back seat. She pulled over after a short drive, and they launched the attack. Ashley Dean, Miranda's sister, made a tearful appearance on Dr. Phil in April, blaming Miranda's actions on their "bad mom," who reportedly neglected the girls and had a revolving door of men when they were growing up, according to People. "I just want to make it clear that it's not my sister's fault," Dean said. "She's not this monster on her own."

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