Local News in Brief : Stepdaughter Sentenced in Slaying of Dancer

The stepdaughter of a North Hollywood dance instructor who was stabbed to death in his garage last September was sentenced Thursday in San Fernando Superior Court to 15 years to life in prison.

Mary Anne Hayden, 47, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of Edward Gay, 72, who was an active teacher specializing in tap dance.

Prosecutors said Hayden and her boyfriend, Robert Holmes, 25, murdered Gay to collect her inheritance. Hayden was the sole heir to Gay's will, Deputy Dist. Atty. Harold S. Lynn said.

Gay was stabbed several times in the chest Sept. 22.

Holmes, who also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday before Judge Joyce Kennard.

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