Jailed bum lift killer ‘got away with murder’

A British beautician jailed for a year for killing a US woman in a botched bum lift “got away with murder”, the victim’s family has said.

And sentencing Donna Francis in New York, the judge said he agreed with the bereaved relatives, arguing they had not received justice.

Queens Supreme Court Judge Kenneth Holder was prevented from imposing a longer sentence under an extradition agreement with the UK, where Francis fled after Kelly Mayhew died.

He told Francis: “I have to say that the phrase ‘getting away with murder’ certainly applies to you.

“What [the family] is not getting, in my opinion, is justice.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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