3 sentenced in fatal beating of woman called ‘house slave’

Three people have been sentenced in Clarksville in the fatal beating of a woman they called their “house slave.”

The Leaf Chronicle reports that Cynthia Skipper was accused of ordering her roommates to tie up and beat the victim, Shirley Beck, in 2014 as part of their bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism lifestyle.

Skipper was sentenced to 25 years for especially aggravated kidnapping and two years for criminally negligent homicide.

Skipper’s fiance, Derek Vicchitto, was sentenced to 12 years for facilitation to commit second-degree murder and 25 years for especially aggravated kidnapping.

Alphonso Richardson II, who beat Beck with a metal pole, was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder to be followed by 25 years for especially aggravated kidnapping.

Beck was found dead hanging from the ceiling in a living room.

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