Two young men convicted of murdering an Amherst secretary and disposing of her body in a dumpster were sentenced Wednesday to long prison terms.
Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury imposed a 25-year-to-life term on Paul Hinds, 21, of Easton Avenue, and a 24-years-to-life term on Terrell Hales, 17, of Bailey Avenue for the murder last October of Raquel Wilson, 25, in Hinds' apartment.
Drury also sentenced each of the men to concurrent terms of 2 1/3 to 7 years for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Ms. Wilson's car.
Drury said he ordered the slightly shorter minimum sentence for Hales, who was a high school student at the time of the murder, because of his age.
The two men were convicted May 27 following a two-week jury trial of killing Ms. Wilson because of a $60 debt and then putting her body in a suitcase and dropping it into a dumpster, where it was found a few hours later.
Following the murder, they drove the victim's car to Rochester and sold it for $100, prosecutors said.
During their trial, Assistant District Attorney Joseph J. Marusak told the jury the pair slashed Ms. Wilson's throat in two places and then strangled her in a bathtub, where they washed off the blood.
In their rush to dispose of the body, Marusak said, the men put the victim's body in a suitcase but forgot to remove the name tag of one of Hinds' relatives.