Pennsylvania soldier gets life term in slaying of teen girlfriend’s mom

Lehigh County Judge Maria L. Dantos told 22-year-old Caleb Barnes on Monday that he'll be "locked in a cage for the rest of your natural life"

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A soldier convicted of killing the mother of his then-14-year-old Pennsylvania girlfriend because the woman disapproved of their relationship has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Lehigh County Judge Maria L. Dantos told 22-year-old Caleb Barnes on Monday that he’ll be “locked in a cage for the rest of your natural life” as she imposed the mandatory life term and added 22 to 44 years on other counts.

A jury convicted Barnes last month of first-degree murder. His defense said his girlfriend, Jamie Silvonek, killed 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek and that he only helped dispose of the body later because the teen said she was pregnant.

Jamie Silvonek pleaded guilty earlier this year and is serving 35 years to life. Barnes’ attorney says his client will appeal.
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