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Man Gets 25 Years for $8 Murder

June 8, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ A man convicted of killing a young woman during a robbery that netted $8 was sentenced Thursday to 25 years to life in prison.

David Jamison, 28, was found guilty last month of second-degree murder and robbery in the March 8, 1999, slaying of Amy Watkins as she walked home from her internship at a community center.

Watkins, 26, moved from Kansas to New York in 1997 to pursue a master’s degree in social work.

Jamison and another man were inside a restaurant when Watkins walked past, and they picked her out as an easy robbery target, authorities said. When she struggled with Jamison, he plunged a kitchen knife into her back. The assailants fled with $8.

A second man, Felix Rodriguez, has been charged with murder.

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