Goodyear man gets prison term in grandma's killing

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Jason Eric Howell By Jennifer Thomas Jason Eric Howell By Jennifer Thomas
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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Goodyear man who pleaded guilty to killing his grandmother last year by beating her with a shovel and slitting her throat has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
 
Maricopa County prosecutors say 40-year-old Jason Eric Howell also was sentenced Tuesday to lifetime supervised probation.
 
He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in May and also pleaded guilty to child abuse and aggravated assault charges in another case.
 
Howell told authorities that he killed 78-year-old Helen Jean Lee over her strict curfew rules and how much she charged him for rent.
 
He had lived at his grandmother's home in a gated community for the past three years.
 
Goodyear police say Howell led investigators to a desert area some 75 miles southwest of Phoenix, where Lee's body was found Nov. 2.

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