Woman gets 22 years in starvation deaths of boyfriend's kids

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TUCSON -- A judge in Tucson sentenced a woman to two concurrent 22-year prison terms Monday for her role in the starvation deaths of her boyfriend's children.

Reina Irene Gonzales had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 3-year-old Ariana Payne and 4-year-old Tyler Payne.

Gonzales and her boyfriend, Christopher Payne, were arrested after the girl's decomposing body was found in a storage locker in February 2007. The boy's body has never been found.

Payne was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder in March. He was sentenced to death.

Testimony in the case showed that Payne locked his children in an apartment closet and starved them to death.

Information from: Tucson Citizen

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