Life sentence in murder of ex-Bear's girlfriend

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Associated Press

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Updated Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 PM

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a woman convicted of killing the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bears player Shaun Gayle to life in prison.

Lake County Judge Christopher Stride told Marni Yang as he sentenced her Friday that "the methodical, meticulous and maniacial manner" of her crime made it different from other murders.

A jury found Yang guilty in March of the October 2007 murder of Rhoni Reuter and Reuter's unborn child. Reuter was shot six times, and two of the bullets struck the baby.

Prosecutors accused Yang of carefully planning the execution of someone she viewed as a rival for the football player's affection.

Gayle was a member of the Bears' 1985 Super Bowl team.

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