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A former fugitive has been sentenced to 90 years in jail after murdering her love rival in a jealous rage, before fleeing the US and having plastic surgery to try to evade authorities.

Kaitlin Armstrong, 35, was convicted of shooting dead professional cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson after the 25-year-old went swimming and had a meal and rum drinks with Armstrong’s boyfriend Colin Strickland earlier that evening.

A Texas jury found Armstrong guilty of murder on Thursday and a day later took three hours to decide her sentence. She faced a maximum of 99 years for the crime.

Armstrong left the Austin courtroom immediately after the verdict, as her family could be heard sobbing.

Wilson’s family embraced each other after the sentencing, as her mother Karen Wilson addressed the court.

Looking at Armstrong, she said: “When you shot Moriah in the heart, you shot me in the heart… all the people who loved her, pierced their hearts.”

Armstrong used fitness app Strava to track Ms Wilson down to an apartment in Austin – where she shot her twice in the head and once in the heart before fleeing the scene.

At the time of the murder in May 2022, the killer was in a relationship with another professional cyclist, Mr Strickland.

The pair had been together for about three years before a period of separation – during which Mr Strickland had a brief relationship with Ms Wilson.

Armstrong and Mr Strickland then got back together, but she remained jealous of her rival and had called Ms Wilson warning her to “stay away”.

Two of Armstrong’s friends said she told them she wanted to, or could, kill Ms Wilson, jurors were told.

Anna Moriah Wilson's photo is displayed on the screen during Kaitlin Armstrong's murder trial at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, Austin, Texas. Armstrong is charged with killing of Anna Moriah Wilson in May 2022. (Mikala Compton/Austin American-Statesman via AP, Pool)
Victim Anna ‘Mo’ Wilson was a rising cycling star. Pic: AP

Ms Wilson had been visiting Texas for a cycling race and was among the favourites to win. She had been staying with a friend when she was killed.

Following the murder, police managed to briefly interview Armstrong. But she then sold her Jeep and fled to Costa Rica using her sister’s passport.

Once abroad, she spent more than $6,000 (£4,850) having surgery to change the appearance of her nose, as well as changing the colour and style of her hair.

But she was eventually arrested at a beachside hostel after 43 days on the run.

Armstrong made a second attempt to evade justice when she tried to escape authorities during a medical appointment outside jail last month. She faces a separate felony escape charge.

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Jurors deliberated for about two hours after two weeks of testimony before delivering their verdict on Thursday.

Earlier, Ms Wilson’s friend Caitlin Cash had told the court she discovered her body and tried to perform CPR.

She told jurors she had texted Ms Wilson’s mother earlier that day with a message: “Your girl is in safe hands here in Austin.”

“I felt a lot of guilt not being able to protect her,” Ms Cash said. “I fought for her with everything I had.”

FILE - This undated photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Kaitlin Marie Armstrong. A Texas judge on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, refused to throw out statements made to police by Armstrong, who is accused of killing professional cyclist Moriah ...Mo... Wilson, and set the case for trial in June 2023. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File)
A mugshot of Armstrong that was previously released by police. Pic: AP

Karen Wilson also told the court: “From the day she was born, she had a force in her.

“She lived as if every day was her last day. And she lived it so fully. She never wasted any time… It’s as if she knew her life would be short.”

Armstrong, a yoga teacher, did not testify on her own behalf during the trial, which heard her Jeep was seen near the apartment at the time of Ms Wilson’s murder.

Bullet casings found near Ms Wilson’s body also matched a gun Armstrong owned.

She denied murder and her lawyers claimed she was the victim of a “nightmare” of circumstantial evidence.

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New York stabbing: Knifeman kills four members of his extended family, including two children, police say




New York stabbing: Knifeman kills four members of his extended family, including two children, police say

Four people, including two children, have been killed by a relative in New York, according to police.

Those stabbed to death included a 12-year-old boy, an 11-year-old girl, a 44-year-old woman and a man in his 30s.

Officers were called to reports of an incident in the city’s Queens borough after a girl said “her cousin is killing her family members”.

The 11-year-old was found in front of the house and the other three were found inside bedrooms, police added.

A fifth person, a 61-year-old woman, is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering from multiple stab wounds.

The scene in New York
The scene in New York

Suspect Courtney Gordon, 38, was shot dead by police.

The two officers who responded to the scene on Sunday morning were also stabbed, police said.

Jeffrey Maddrey, NYPD chief of patrol, said one officer was struck in the neck and the other in the face.

The two officers were taken to hospital and are expected to recover.

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“The weapon that was used to injure the officers was a typical kitchen steak knife,” Mr Maddrey told a press conference on Saturday.

He said it is unknown at this stage if it was the same weapon used against the other victims.

Mr Maddrey said additional offers sent to the scene were not able to enter the home immediately because there was a fire inside the living room.

It is believed Gordon had been visiting the family at their home in the Far Rockaway neighbourhood.

“This scene was chaos. Multiple victims, a house on fire, and a mad man on a rampage, on a mission,” Patrick Hendry, the head of the New York Police Department’s police union, said.

“The skill that this police officer had shooting and stopping the threat after he was being stabbed. Unbelievable skill,” he said.

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Rock legends Kiss ‘immortalised’ as digital superhero-style avatars




Rock legends Kiss 'immortalised' as digital superhero-style avatars

US rock band Kiss will live on as superhero-style digital avatars after playing their final live gig in New York.

Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer, performed on Saturday night in the city’s Madison Square Garden, before leaving the stage to reveal their new digital alter egos.

Named Demon, the Starchild, Catman, and Spaceman, the holographic stars have been created with motion capture technology by Industrial Light & Magic.

The band were turned into avatars using motion capture technology
The band were turned into avatars using motion capture technology

The band were turned into avatars using motion capture technology

The Hollywood special effects company was founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas in 1975 and has worked on films including Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, and The Avengers.

Swedish firm Pophouse Entertainment, which worked on the avatars used in the Abba Voyage shows in London, was also involved.

Kiss frontman Stanley said the avatars – complete with the band’s iconic makeup – would “see Kiss immortalised”.

“What we’ve accomplished has been amazing,” he said.

“But it’s not enough. The band deserves to live on because the band is bigger than we are.”

Kiss on stage in Copenhagen. File pic
Kiss on stage in Copenhagen. File pic

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Virtual Kiss’s first performance upon their unveiling was God Gave Rock And Roll To You.

‘Places we’ve never dreamed of’

The avatars will now be available for live shows around the world and in digital online settings, which some people collectively refer to as the metaverse.

Ariana Grande is among the pop stars to have performed in the hit video game Fortnite, and Lil Nas X has done the same inside the similarly popular Roblox.

Kiss bassist Simmons said the band will go to “places we’ve never dreamed of before”.

In the 50 years since they were formed in 1973, they have been on more than 30 tours, sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Inflatable Santa Claus gunned down in Kentucky drive-by shooting




Inflatable Santa Claus gunned down in Kentucky drive-by shooting

A giant blow-up Santa has been gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the US – with the deflating deed captured on video.

The unfestive act carried out in Lexington, Kentucky, left a gaping 46cm (18in) hole in the Father Christmas and raised concerns other similar inflatable decorations could be targeted by the trigger-happy yobs, putting people in danger.

The Santa Claus, which had pride of place in a couple’s front garden, had been brought just days earlier for $200.

But it is hoped with the help of thimble-fingered neighbours that this St Nicholas could be stitched up and rise again, providing some much-needed yuletide cheer.

Homeowner Donald Nelson said: “Me and my wife were sitting on the couch watching TV and we heard a small bang or whatever and she asked me to take a look.

“When I looked out the front door, we saw the inflatable had fallen over.”

The aftermath of the shooting. Pic: KYMA/ NBC

But it was only when he reviewed his CCTV footage the reality of what happened was brought home.

Mr Nelson said: “I went back and looked at our home security camera and it actually showed a vehicle turn around in the court and a sound that sounded like a firearm, shoot it.

“As soon as that noise went off, the inflatable fell down.”

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He added: “I mean, there’s multiple neighbours that have inflatables too and I mean certainly they could be targeted also.

“If they’ve done one, they’ll probably do several.

“Hopefully people will have Ring cameras, security cameras, that will catch a licence plate or give us a better description of who’s doing this.”

The attack left a gaping hole in the festive centrepiece. Pic: KYMA/ NBC

Mr Nelson went on: “We’ve got some neighbours that can sew and have promised their services to help get him up and going again… I just beg people to check and see what your kids are doing.

“I hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“We don’t want anyone to get hurt. It’s not a cute, fun thing.

“This is, you know, you’re discharging a firearm at someone’s home.”

NBC affiliate Lex 18 reported that Mr Nelson filed a police report but hadn’t had any updates as of Saturday.

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