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Fort Worth jury gives woman's killer life sentence

FORT WORTH -- Convicted murderer Randy Wilson was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the Aug. 14, 2007 stabbing death of 20-year-old Brittany Rapoza, whose decomposed body was found floating in Lake Arlington six days after she was killed.

A Tarrant County jury deliberated two hours over two days before assessing the life prison term for Wilson.

The jury of eight men and four women deliberated nearly two hours Wednesday before convicting the 29-year-old man of murdering the troubled young woman who he lured into prostitution, then beat her when she didn’t bring in enough money.

Wilson, who must serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole, showed little visible reaction when he was sentenced by District Judge Sharen Wilson or when Rapoza’s sister, Leticia Simmons, gave an emotional victim impact statement on behalf of herself and her mother, Patty Rapoza.

“For this past year, I have lived in darkness crying every day for the loss of my baby girl,” Simmons read from her mother’s statement. “But yesterday when you had to face up for your crime, I came out of the darkness. I hope that every morning when you wake and every night when you lie down your head, you wil see my daughter’s face and hear her pleading for her life.”

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