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ELLSWORTH, Maine

Girlfriend sentenced for fatal crime spree

A woman from Down East Maine who admitted taking part in a crime spree that ended with the death of her boyfriend is going to prison.

A judge on Thursday ordered Ashley Crowley of Beals to serve two years of a 7½-year prison sentence.

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In December 2010, her boyfriend, 23-year-old Nicholas Richards of Machias, was shot to death after they tried to rob a man they believed to be a drug dealer.

Court documents indicated Crowley lured the man from his home by claiming she had been in a car crash. After being hit with pepper spray, the man fired a gun, killing Richards.

Beals pleaded guilty to burglary, robbery stealing drugs, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and criminal use of disabling chemicals.

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