Murfreesboro man gets 2 life sentences

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Murfreesboro man has been sentenced to two life sentences for killing a woman and her unborn baby in Shelby County in 2009.

Shelby County's district attorney's office says Tarence L. Nelson was sentenced Friday. He was convicted June 25 of two counts of first-degree murder in the September 2009 deaths of Tonya M. Johnson and her unborn child in Arlington.

Nelson shot Johnson, who was eight months pregnant, in the abdomen and behind the right ear during an argument over the child. Nelson was later arrested in Murfreesboro.

Nelson testified that he shot Johnson in self-defense.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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