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Friend of murder victim: ‘It all started over stolen earrings. That’s why she’s dead’

Posted at 3:15 PM, Jul 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-30 05:56:44-04

Chesapeake, Va. - The woman who killed her boyfriend's mother in a double homicide back in July of 2013 has been sentenced to 53 years in prison.

In July of 2013, Airika Liljegren was arrested and charged for the murder of her boyfriend’s mother, Cindy Jensen-Ellet.

NewsChannel 3 spoke to a friend, Christina Wynn, who says the whole thing started over earrings.

"The pain doesn`t go away, but every day it gets easier to deal with after two years," says Wynn.

Liljegren entered an Alford Plea in January. She later decided that she wanted a jury trial but a judge denied that request in June.

Airika Liljegren

Airika Liljegren

On Monday, she was sentenced to 95 years in prison with 45 years suspended. She was also sentenced to five years with two years suspended for Transporting a Dead Body. In total, she will serve 53 years in prison.

"Sentenced her to life with no possibility of getting out. Serve minute for minute, day for day. I think that`s what the judge should have done," says Wynn.

Her boyfriend, Ryan Martinez, was arrested and charged for the murder of his step-father, Anthony Barone. Martinez also entered an Alford Plea in November. He was sentenced in March to 53 years in prison.

Both bodies were found inside their Chesapeake home on Monarch Reach.

Barone was found shot to death underneath a pile of clothes in a closet upstairs. Jensen-Ellet’s body was found wrapped in a blue tarp, hidden behind cardboard boxes in the garage. Court documents later revealed that Liljegren admitted to police that she stabbed Jensen-Ellett with a filet knife.

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