Woman Gets 28 Years in Connection to the Billings' Murder

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PENSACOLA, Fla. 9-3-11

The only woman charged in connection to the 2009 slaying of a Pensacola couple has been sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Pamela Long was sentenced Friday morning for helping the people who killed Byrd and Melanie Billings.

Authorities say Long helped hide the safe stolen from the Billings' home and disposed of handguns used in the crime.

Prosecutors say seven men dressed in black, ninja-style garb and drove to the wealthy couple's home with a plan to steal a safe they mistakenly thought had more than $1 million in cash.

The men shot and killed the couple while their nine adopted, special-needs children were in the home.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that the attackers have all been convicted and sentenced for various charges.

The mastermind, Patrick Gonzalez Jr., was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die.

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