A 48-year-old man convicted of killing his fiancee to collect on her life insurance has been sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Ronald Epps of Amherst was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.
A jury convicted Epps of wire and mail fraud, arson, possession of Molotov cocktails, drug trafficking and illegal firearms possession. U.S. Attorney William Hochul says it’s believed to be the first time his office has used federal fraud laws to convict a killer.
Epps was never charged with murder.
Prosecutors say Epps shot Angela Moss dead in 2009 after she made him the sole beneficiary of her $100,000 life insurance policy. Authorities say he set his apartment on fire the following year and collected about $4,000 from an insurance claim.
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