CLEARWATER, Fla. - A love triangle murder case came to a close Friday in Pinellas County when Judge Joseph A. Bulone sentenced convicted killer Rachel Wade to 27 years in prison.
Wade, 20, was found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old Sarah Ludemann in April 2009.
Jurors believed Wade stabbed Ludemann in the heart with a kitchen knife because the two women were fighting over a young man named Joshua Camacho.
During the trial in July, some of the most damaging testimony came when the state played threatening phone calls Wade allegedly made to Ludemann. The profanity filled phone calls happened right before the stabbing.
Those phone calls, along with statements made by friends and family from both sides of the case influenced the judges decision.
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