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Muskingum Co. Judge: No Parole for Man Convicted of Torturous Murder

ZANESVILLE (Ken Hines) -- A judge has ruled that a man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after his conviction for the torture and murder a woman in Muskingum County.

The judge followed the recommendation of a jury Monday by sentencing LaFonse Dixon to life in prison with no possibility of parole, along with an additional 11 years, for his role in the August, 2012 murder of Celeste Fronsman.

A jury convicted Dixon of aggravated murder, aggravated arson, and kidnapping in October.

Investigators believe Dixon, along with accomplices Katrina Culberson and Monica Washington, savagely beat Fronsman before setting her on fire and leaving her to die on a rural Muskingum County Road.

Fronsman died two days after she was found by a passerby on SR-208, where she had managed to crawl after she was abandoned by her assailants, according to investigators.

Washington, who pleaded guilty to murder, arson, and kidnapping charges, was also sentenced to life in prison on Monday, but will be eligible for parole in 25 years.

Culberson -- after pleading guilty to identical charges -- testified against Dixon during his trial. She is expected to be sentenced for her role in Fronsman's murder on Wednesday.
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