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*Shifflett gets 44 years in 2009 slaying near Middletown

By J.R. Williams -- jrwilliams@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Robert Wilson Shifflett II, who stabbed a Frederick County man to death in 2009, was sentenced Thursday morning to serve 44 years in prison for the crime.

Retired Judge John R. Prosser upheld a jury's recommended punishment for Shifflett, 29, who was found guilty in February of killing Todd Eugene Swartz outside Middletown.

One year of the jury's recommended sentence of 45 years was suspended.

Shifflett's ex-girlfriend, Fallon Nicole Racey, 25, also faces first-degree murder and related charges for her alleged role in the slaying. She has a jury trial scheduled for April 19.

Prosecutors have alleged that the pair sought out Swartz the afternoon of Nov. 21, 2009, and killed him because they believed he turned them into the police for using drugs.

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