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Woman sentenced in War mayor's death

August 25, 2014
Associated Press

WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The daughter-in-law of slain War Mayor Thomas Hatcher has been sentenced on a lesser conspiracy charge.

WVVA-TV ( ) reports that Rebecca Lynn Hatcher received a one- to three-year sentence Friday in McDowell County Circuit Court.

Hatcher had been scheduled to stand trial for conspiracy when she pleaded guilty in June to the lesser charge of attempt to commit felony conspiracy to commit murder.

City workers found the 72-year-old mayor's body in his home on July 17, 2012. Prosecutors said he was smothered with a plastic bag.

Last November, a McDowell County jury acquitted Rebecca Hatcher on a first-degree murder charge.

Rebecca Hatcher's brother and co-defendant, Earl Click of Grundy, Virginia, was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy in February.


Information from: WVVA-TV,



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