Woman sentenced to 45 years in prison for killing deaf-mute friend

Michelle Chase found guilty in slaying of William Farr

SAN ANTONIO – A 50-year-old woman was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for fatally shooting her deaf-mute friend.

Michelle Chase was found guilty in October for the slaying of William Farr, 50, in February.

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A police sergeant testified during Chase's trial that the defendant gave police several different accounts of what happened until she admitted to opening fire on Farr.

Chase's daughter testified that her mother claimed self-defense and fired a shot through her front screen door at the Spring View Manor Apartments in the 600 block of Rio Grande Street because she was scared and didn't know the person banging on her door was the victim.

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The defendant was arrested after she called in a tip to police about the shooting.

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