Crime & Courts

Wife who helped kill cheerleader gets life

UNION - A Union woman who held down her husband's high school cheerleader girlfriend as he stabbed her to death to prove his love has been sentenced to life in prison.

News outlets said a judge showed no mercy to Yolanda Thompson on Friday. She pleaded guilty to murder several months ago.

Prosecutors said Thompson was jealous because her husband, Pernell, kept seeing 16-year-old Marisha Jeter. The wife told the husband he needed to prove his love to her.

Authorities said the Thompsons lured Jeter into a Union parking lot in January 2008, stabbed her, then dumped her body over a bridge and burned her car.

Pernell Thompson was also sentenced to life in prison. He is a former Wingate University football player.