Life sentence

An Arab woman convicted in August of killing an Athens man was sentenced Wednesday in Limestone County to life in prison. 43-year-old Lisa Pate had been found guilty of murder by a Limestone County jury. Pate had been accused of the 2009 shooting death of 59-year-old James Ellis Miller. She had claimed self-defense, but jurors relied on evidence showing that Miller had been shot in the back of the head and abdomen while walking toward a door.