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      Tabor City woman to serve double life sentence for killing of husband, step-son

      Sandy Locklear. Photo provided by the 15th Circuit Solicitors Office

      A Tabor City woman was convicted of double homicide and sentenced to serve two back-to-back life sentences without a chance for parole.

      Sandy Locklear, 42, of Tabor City, North Carolina, was found guilty this week of the 2012 murders of her husband, Amos Hatfield, 66, and her step-son Tommy Hatfield, 40, according to a news release sent by the 15th Circuit Solicitor's Office.

      She was sentenced to serve two concurrent life sentences without the possibility for parole by Judge Benjamin Culbertson.

      On August 19, 2012, Amos Hatfield and Tommy Hatfield were attacked in their Loris home and shot in the back of their heads by two male intruders, the release said.

      According to the release, responding officers found Locklear at the crime scene, where she told the police while Amos and Tommy Hatfield were murdered she was raped and beaten by the two male intruders. But an investigation revealed that Locklear hired the two male intruders to kill her husband and step-son in exchange for part of the million-dollar life insurance policy her husband had and that she was a beneficiary of.

      Charges on two men hired by Locklear are pending and both men are currently being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center.