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Life sentence issued in slaying of 81-year-old woman

ROCHESTER – A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the fatal shooting of an 81-year-old woman during a break-in at her rural northern Indiana home.

A Fulton County judge ordered the sentence Monday for 25-year-old Roy Bell in connection with the November 2011 attack on Wilma Upsall at the home near Rochester she shared with her daughter and son-in-law.

The judge convicted Bell of murder charges after a bench trial last month.

Tim Howard told WNDU-TV ( ) he’s satisfied with the sentence in his mother’s death, and he believes Bell and the two other men charged in the attack waited for his sister and brother-in-law to leave before breaking into the house.

Bell’s sister told the judge she blamed drugs he had taken that day for the attack.