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3 sentenced to life in murder over missing cell phone

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Two women and a man from Baltimore were each sentenced Monday to life plus at least 20 years in prison for conspiring to murder another man after a dispute over a missing cell phone, according to the city state's attorney's office.

The 2010 dispute left 28-year-old Isiah White fatally shot in the back and chest, prosecutors said. It also left two lifelong best friends on either end of the gun violence.

White's girlfriend, Crystal Froneberger, had just left a downtown nightclub with her sister, Tiffany, and two friends, Kaia Ray and Nicole Ray, in the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2010, when they decided to meet White and some of his friends in a nearby parking lot.

At one point during the meeting, one of White's friends bumped into Nicole Ray and stole her cell phone, prosecutors said.

Later, after a group of people had returned to the Rays' home, Kaia Ray told two other women, Mashea Ray and Antoinette McGouldrick, of the incident.

The group arranged to meet the man who had taken the phone, and, except for Tiffany Froneberger, set off to do so.

During the drive, Crystal Froneberger and White got into a verbal argument, and Froneberger, who was driving, hit a curb in the 2900 block of Edgewood Street, blowing out a tire. Froneberger started walking away from the scene to a relative's house for assistance, prosecutors said.

McGouldrick and Kaia and Mashea Ray then arrived at the scene in a van, exited and "berated White for failing to prevent his friend" from stealing the phone, prosecutors said. Froneberger then returned to the scene and "defused the situation," and the women left, prosecutors said.

About 4:30 a.m., Mashea Ray and McGouldrick returned to the scene with McGouldrick's boyfriend, Warren Savage. Ray, the driver of the van, stayed in the vehicle, but Savage and McGouldrick exited the car, prosecutors said.

Froneberger and Ray had been best friends since childhood, and Froneberger assumed Savage was just there to pick a fight with White, prosecutors said.

Instead, Savage fatally shot White using a gun belonging to Ray, prosecutors said. Savage and McGouldrick then jumped back in the van and Ray drove off, prosecutors said.

On Monday, Savage, now 24, was sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison, prosecutors said.

McGouldrick, now 25, and Ray, now 26, were each sentenced to life plus 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.

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