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Columbus man sentenced after pleading guilty in woman's 2015 death

Suspect Wesley Barber is a 30-year-old man from Phenix City, Alabama. (Source: WTVM) Suspect Wesley Barber is a 30-year-old man from Phenix City, Alabama. (Source: WTVM)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus man was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to a woman's death from three years ago.

Wesley Barber is accused of killing 24-year-old Shanita Rutherford after pushing her off of a porch at a friend's home.

The judge took the recommendation from the state and sentenced Barber to 20 years with 14 to serve. he was also ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the family. 

Rutherford broke her neck and was paralyzed, but later died from her injuries.

Overnight, prosecutors said Barber told police he possibly snapped and pushed Rutherford after he was called a "water weight."

Barber apologized in court Wednesday before pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

Stay up to date with News Leader 9 as soon as Barber's sentence comes down.

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