VALLEJO — Sentencing was delayed Thursday for a woman who joined her boyfriend in 2007 in a methamphetamine binge that included fatally shooting two women just to see how it felt to kill people.
Paige Linville, 30, was found guilty of murder in February. Her lawyer, Amy Morton, told the judge she needed more time to prepare a motion for a new trial. The judge rescheduled the sentencing for Nov. 4.
Linville and Mario Moreno picked up another methamphetamine addict, Amber L. Chappell, at a Vallejo shopping center on the night of Nov. 16, 2007. They drove Chappell, 34, to a dead end in Cordelia, where Moreno pulled her out of the car and shot her several times.
About nine hours later, after smoking more methamphetamine, they ambushed another stranger, Christina Baxley, 41, who was shot multiple times while walking her dog Snowy in front of her Dixon apartment.
Baxley’s brother, who came from Washington state to attend the sentencing, urged the judge to give Linville the maximum possible punishment. Then he told Linville he hoped that she spent every day of the rest of her life experiencing nothing but hurt, pain and sorrow.
A letter from Baxley’s mother, who was unable to attend the hearing, was read aloud, recounting how she learned about Baxley’s death and the ordeal she endured burying her daughter and tending to Baxley’s two sons.
Linville followed the angry and sad comments with comments of her own. She said self-preservation was all she was thinking about during the time of the killings and that she had been a hopeless addict who has since turned her life around.
Linville faces a sentence of 50 years to life prison, according to Solano County Deputy District Attorney Krishna Abrams, who prosecuted the case.
In 2010, Moreno took a plea deal from prosecutors in exchange for testifying against Linville. He pleaded no contest to a pair of voluntary manslaughter charges and is likely to receive a 32-year prison sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 14.
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