PROVO, Utah (AP)

PROVO, Utah (AP) — An Arizona woman was sentenced Thursday for the 2001 slaying of her employer, Pleasant Grove businesswoman Mina Pajela.

Kerri Fae Brown was sentenced to two consecutive terms of one to 15 years in prison by 4th District Judge Lynn Davis, according to court records.

Brown, 43, of Mesa, Ariz., pleaded no contest to charges of theft by deception and manslaughter, both second-degree felonies.

Prosecutors contended that on April 25, 2001, Brown hid in Pajela's car and then shot her in the head, using Brown's boyfriend's police revolver.

Brown, who just days before the shooting had given birth to a baby girl, allegedly returned the following day and attempted to dispose of the body. After driving Pajela' car containing the body to a parking lot in Pleasant Grove, Brown attempted unsuccessfully to set the car on fire, authorities contend.

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Brown had been an administrative assistant at the Mira Vista retirement home owned by Pajela and allegedly embezzled nearly $35,000 over nine months.

Friends of the victim told investigators that Pajela had discovered the thefts just before she was killed.

Brown had said she pleaded no contest because she was tired of fighting the charges, not because she was guilty.

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