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YORK, S.C. (AP) -- A former assisted living home employee has been sentenced to life in prison for smothering an 82-year-old resident who found out she was stealing and cashing her checks.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports that 30-year-old Braquette Walton was found guilty of murder Thursday after a four-day trial.

Prosecutors say Walton had been suspended from work the day before Pauline Cook was killed in November 2011 after Cook called police to report the stolen checks.

Investigators say Walton got a fellow worker to let her in the Rock Hill facility and killed Cook by smothering her. Prosecutors say she then put a shower cap on the victim's head and put her in the shower with the water running.

Cook's family has sued the assisted living home over her death.

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