Life sentence stands for woman convicted in man's death after dispute over bulldog

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma appeals court has upheld the life prison sentence for a 51-year-old woman convicted of fatally stabbing a man after an argument over a bulldog.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals handed down the decision Thursday in the case of Carmile C. Sulvetta. Sulvetta was convicted by a jury in Tulsa County of the Dec. 11, 2009, death of Guy Gilmore Jones.

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The appeals court's decision says evidence collected by authorities indicates Jones was killed in an apparent burglary of his home in which several items, including a bulldog puppy, were taken. It says Sulvetta was involved in a dog breeding arrangement with Jones.

In addition to the life prison sentence for first-degree murder, the court's decision says Sulvetta was sentenced to life for conspiracy to commit a felony.

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