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Woman Who Fatally Beat Man At Blue Line Station Sentenced To 17 Years

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A woman who brutally beat a 65-year-old man to death at a Metro station was sentenced today to 17 years behind bars. She had been facing a maximum sentence of 22 years. Tracy Joy Gomez, 25, was caught via surveillance video beating 65-year-old painter and sculptor John Wayne Whitmore on the afternoon of June 13, 2014 at the Willowbrook-Rosa Parks Metro station on the Blue Line. She was sentenced today to 17 years in prison, after being found guilty of voluntary manslaughter last September, according to City News Service.

Gomez and another woman, 25-year-old Virginia Marie Butler, approached Whitmore and got into an argument with him. The fight escalated, and Whitmore was struck several times in the head. He was taken to a hospital, but died of his injuries on June 20.

The police released images of the attack in the hopes of finding the women. That August, both women were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Butler was initially charged in the crime as well, but ultimately acquitted by jurors of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.