Woman sentenced to 25 years for murdering roommate

Nov 28, 2012 -- 10:30am


- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 67-year-old Anchorage woman convicted of second-degree murder in the death of a longtime friend has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Berne Peterson was convicted in August of killing 58-year-old Colleen Fukuda at close range in the home they shared. The Anchorage Daily News reports Peterson at her trial said she had been friends with Fukuda for upward of 30 years and that the shooting was an accident. She said the women had been drinking alcohol and arguing and that Fukuda had refused to help Peterson, who experiences health problems, to walk to the bathroom. Superior Court Judge Larry Card said at sentencing that Peterson may not have intentionally fired the .410-gauge shotgun but that her actions were reckless enough to warrant the conviction.

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