80-year sentence in N.J. murders of 2 Canadians

A homeless woman who admitted fatally stabbing two Canadian tourists in Atlantic City, N.J., during an attempted street robbery last year has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.

Forty-five-year-old Antoinette Pelzer was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of 80-year-old Po Lin Wan and her daughter, 47-year-old Alice Mei See Leung.

The two women were from the Toronto area.

Pelzer is a former Philadelphia resident. Her family had said she was mentally ill but The Press of Atlantic City reported tests did not support an insanity defense.

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She pleaded guilty in August and was given two consecutive 40-year terms on Thursday.

The daytime stabbings, with a 12-inch butcher knife, occurred in the heart of the resort city’s new tourism district.

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