Man given 25 years in Richmond woman’s murder

Man given 25 years in Richmond woman’s murder
Elizabeth 'Strawberry' Zeigler.

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man has pleaded guilty to the 2018 murder of 34-year-old Elizabeth Ziegler in Richmond

Zaquarie D. Hightower was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 15 suspended after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Additional charges for weapon possession and gang participation were not prosecuted.

Ayah A. Alshaer faces a jury trial beginning July 17 for obtaining money by false pretenses and conspiracy to commit uttering. Additional charges of gang participation and first-degree murder against Alshaer were dismissed, and a conspiracy to commit murder charge was not prosecuted.

Ziegler was found on the sidewalk shortly before 1:30 p.m. on May 17, 2018, suffering from a gunshot wound. She died after being transported to the hospital.

Ziegler, who was known as "Strawberry," lived on Walmsley Boulevard a few blocks from where she was found, according to police.

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