Omaha woman gets life sentence for killing her landlord

Nov 13, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Douglas County judge has sentenced an Omaha woman to life in prison for killing her former landlord.

Monique Lee was convicted in August of first-degree murder in the October 2010 slaying of 48-year-old Karen Jenkins.

Prosecutors say Lee used a vacuum cleaner cord to kill Jenkins, who had evicted Lee. Jenkins' body was found near an abandoned house.

Lee's brother, Gary Lee, also was prosecuted. Prosecutors have said Gary Lee posed as a prospective renter to lure Jenkins to one of her properties. Investigators have said that when Jenkins arrived, Monique Lee hit her in the head and strangled her while Gary Lee held her down.

Gary Lee pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and in September was sentenced to 65 to 100 years in prison.

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