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A Palmdale woman convicted of fatally shooting a woman after a brief romantic relationship was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years to life in state prison.

Larene Eleanor Austin, 31, was found guilty Aug. 13 of first-degree murder for the June 16, 2010, killing of Lanell Barsock, 31, who was shot in the head in Palmdale.

Jurors also found true an allegation that Austin used a handgun during the commission of the crime.

Austin and Barsock briefly dated after meeting through Craigslist before Barsock ended the relationship to focus on her boyfriend, according to court testimony.

Investigators said Austin tried to frame Barsock’s boyfriend for the killing. Austin fled the country once investigators cleared the man of involvement, according to court testimony.

She was arrested in January 2012 in the Central American country of Belize after the case was featured on an episode of the television series “America’s Most Wanted,” and was brought back to Los Angeles County later that month.

— Wire reports

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