North Florida man life in prison for fatally shooting grandmother, great-grandmother

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OCALA, Florida — A north Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing two women who helped raise him and injuring another woman.

A Marion County judge sentenced 24-year-old Azael Stevens on Thursday after a psychiatrist testified by phone that Stevens was mentally competent. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of murder and other charges. The Ocala Star-Banner ( ) reports that Stevens was previously found to be incompetent to stand trial.

Authorities say Stevens fatally shot his grandmother — 70-year-old Yolanda Fruto — and his great-grandmother — 93-year-old Fautina Bontteg — at their Marion Oaks home in September 2012. He also shot and wounded their friend — then-47-year-old Jacqueline Gonzalez — in front of the woman's 8-year-old son. Authorities say Stevens then loaded items from the home into Gonzalez's car and drove off.

Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner,

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