Man gets 12 years for killing Scarsdale woman in Panama

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An 18-year-old tried as a juvenile in the killing of a Scarsdale woman in Panama has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Catherine Johannet's body was found beside a trail on a Panamanian island in February 2017. The 23-year-old was a graduate of Edgemont High School.

Her killer was convicted of rape, robbery and murder.

"The Edgemont school community continues to be saddened by such an untimely, tragic loss of life," the district superintendent said in a statement. "Catherine's zest for life and her promising future were taken away from her, her family and her friends all too soon. We have all of them in our thoughts and prayers."

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner says he's disappointed with and saddened by the sentence.

"Panama has a lot of problems and a lot of crime, and I think this sends a message to tourists that they have to be careful before going to Panama," he says.

Prosecutors are appealing the sentence, calling for a lengthier prison term.

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