FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A southwest Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for strangling and robbing a woman.
A Lee County judge sentenced 26-year-old Shane Simpkins on Monday. A jury found him guilty in March of second-degree murder.
Authorities say the Cape Coral handyman strangled 64-year-old Mary Ann Zarb and dumped her body near the Lee-Charlotte county border in April 2011. He then cashed about $25,000 in her checks.
Simpkins claimed a co-worker, Christopher Neuberger, was the one who actually killed Zarb while they were working at her Estero home. Neuberger actually testified against Simpkins as part of a plea agreement. The Naples Daily News (http://bit.ly/Y2fEgu ) reports that he received 10 years in prison for his part in Zarb's death.
Information from: Naples (Fla.) Daily News, http://www.naplesnews.com