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Catherine Goins sentenced to life in prison for 2014 murder

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Catherine Goins pleaded guilty on Wednesday of a number of charges, ranging from felony murder and armed robbery to kidnapping.

Officials say Goins was sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility or benefit of parole.

Goins has been awaiting sentencing after the murder of Natalia Roberts in September of 2014.

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Prior to Roberts' death, Goins attempted to meet women with infant children through Craigslist ads, claiming to provide baby clothing. Goins falsely claimed to be pregnant,  and wore a prosthetic belly. Officials say this was all in order to steal a baby.

Officials say Goins met Roberts, a young mother of two children, and invited her to a residence in Catoosa County with the offer to provide baby clothing. Goins then shot Roberts, killing her instantly, stole the victim's vehicle, and took Robert's two children for a period of time, before later returning them.

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After arriving back at the residence, officials say Goins attempted to clean the crime scene.

Goins initially said the shooting was in self-defense of Roberts, but later confessed that the claim was untrue.

Goins was sentenced to life in prison for malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and kidnapping.

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