Two face life in prison for Princeton murder

Local - 3/25/2014 5:22 PM by Stuart Hammer

PRINCETON – A woman and a man arrested for a break-in turned murder in Mercer County last summer are sentenced to life in prison with mercy Tuesday in court.

Latasha Kanode, 23, of Princeton has been sentenced to at least 39 years in prison for murder, attempted murder, robbery, and conspiracy charges.

Steven McDonald, 33, of Bluefield has been sentenced to at least 29 years in prison for the same charges, as well as an additional 5 years for firearm enhancement.

Investigators say Kanode and McDonald fatally shot Sherry Matthews, 44, of Princeton last July during a break-in on Thornton Avenue in Princeton's Lilly Grove community.

Edward Thomas of Princeton was also wounded during the incident.

The victim’s sister Michell Phillips fought back tears as she recalls knowing the two personally.

“They used to come to our church and eat dinner with us.  And they'd go down to my dad's and eat dinner. And then come to find out they were the ones who shot my sister.”

Kanode and McDonald have been remanded to Southern Regional Jail to await their prison assignments.


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