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      Jose Reyes Mejia-Varela sentenced to life

      Jose Reyes Mejia-Varela, 22, pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Jacinta "Patty" Ayala while she opened the Burger King on East Patrick Street on March 18, 2011. Photo: Frederick Police

      The man who{}pleaded guilty in the murder of a{}Frederick Burger King employee was sentenced to life Thursday, The Frederick News Post reports.{}Jose Reyes Mejia-Varela, 22, fatally shot{}Jacinta "Patty" Ayala while she opened the Burger King on East Patrick Street on March 18, 2011. The mother of three was an assistant manager at the restaurant.{}

      Prosecutors say Mejia-Varela, a former employee, knew that an access hatch on the roof would be unlocked. He jumped from a garbage bin onto the roof and slid through the hatch and into the manager's office.

      Over $2,300 was missing from the restaurant safe.{}

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