Katisha Beaty, a Nevada Avenue woman who served a brief prison term for arson, was sentenced Wednesday to spend the next 23 years in prison for killing her mother's estranged lover nearly a year ago.
Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury rejected Beaty's bid to withdraw her first-degree manslaughter plea in the fatal shooting of Anton Bridgers on March 17. Beaty called Bridget "a woman abuser" and the uncaring and abusive father of her younger sister.
Beaty has been jailed since she turned herself in to police three days after the shooting in Bridgers' Nevada Avenue flat.
Beaty, who said she didn't mean to kill Bridgers, was armed with a handgun when she confronted him in an argument.
During the sentencing, Doral Bridgers, 33, the victim's brother, denounced Beaty as "heartless and cold" and told the judge, "She will kill again, because she has no respect for human life."
Court officials confirmed that Beaty had been granted youthful-offender status on her guilty plea in a 1996 arson case, but she ended up spending about a year in prison on parole violation charges.