Crime & Justice

Man gets death for rape-killing of California woman, 84

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A man who raped, tortured and murdered an 84-year-old Orange County woman has been sentenced to death.

Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Wade of Los Angeles was sentenced Tuesday. He confessed during the trial.

Prosecutors say Wade entered through a broken window and attacked Elizabeth Mae Whyman as she slept in her Anaheim home in January of 2010.

Authorities say he raped the widow, tortured her with knives and a saw, killed her and stole her car, drinking champagne and smoking a cigar as he drove.

Wade was arrested hours later by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies after trying to use her credit card.

The defense argued for a life sentence, saying that Wade was bipolar and was brought up in a family that had a history of mental illness.