Lawson gets 99 years in woman's slaying

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A judge has sentenced a man to 99 years in prison for murdering Bethany Correira, a young woman who was missing for a year before her body was found.

In handing down the sentence, Superior Court Judge John Suddock described Michael Lawson as a "walking time bomb" with a "pathological sexual problem," a hatred of women and a drug problem, the Anchorage Daily News reported Friday.

Lawson was convicted of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the May 3, 2003, death of Correira, a 21-year-old college student who moved to Anchorage from Talkeetna.

Correira moved into an apartment complex where Lawson worked as a manager. She disappeared about a week later. Her body was found in a gravel pit near Talkeetna.

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