PENSACOLA— State Attorney Bill Eddins announced Wednesday that the First District Court of Appeal affirmed the conviction of a woman who was involved in a eight-day crime spree resulting in four deaths.
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Mary Barbara Craig Rice, of Milton, was sentenced to life in prison on Sept. 28, 2018 for first degree murder and and accessory after the fact to first degree murder.
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Rice and William Boyette went on an eight-day, multi-state crime spree that caused the death of four women. Rice and Boyette fled to a hotel in West Point, Georgia, where Rice eventually surrendered. Boyette was found deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
On Jan. 31, 2017, Boyette killed two women at the Emerald Sands Inn, one being a former girlfriend whom he felt stole drugs and money from him. While investigating these murders, the police discovered a connection between Rice and Boyette.
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Three days after the Emerald Sands murders, both Rice and Boyette drove to Lillian, Alabama, where a third female was shot and killed for her car.
Two days after the Alabama murder, Boyette and Rice were spotted in Pensacola where a fourth women was murdered and her car stolen.
The investigation determined that although Rice did not actually shoot anyone, she did participate in the robberies and was a principal to the homicide committed in furtherance of the robberies, the State Attorney’s Office said.