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DC man, 23, gets life in prison for 'savage killing' of Md. woman, 72, in home invasion

Kwasi Sadler, left, and Linda Johnston, right. (Photo of Sadler from Montgomery County Police. Photo of Johnston courtesy of Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office)

WASHINGTON (AP/ABC7) -- A Washington, D.C. man accused of what a Maryland prosecutor says "was a savage killing" has been sentenced to life in prison.

Kwasi Sadler, 23, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in May to first-degree murder over the slaying of a 72-year-old whose body was found at her Wheaton home by police Aug. 3 2016 during a welfare call.

Court documents say the body of Linda Johnston was wrapped in a sheet on her bed with blood spattered around, indicating there'd been a struggle. Prosecutors say Sadler surveyed her house while helping a friend move out of its basement apartment shortly before.

Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy says Sadler would be eligible for parole in 15 years, but that few get paroled on their first eligibility date.

May 2017 report from Kevin Lewis, ABC7: Ex-Target employee pleads guilty to stabbing senior citizen to death in Wheaton home


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