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Woman Gets Life for Role in Deadly Firebombings

(CN) - A Philadelphia woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for her role in a 2004 firebombing that killed six members of a federal witness's family.

Kidada Savage, 31, is the sister of Kaboni Savage, an alleged drug kingpin, who ordered the firebombing and was sentenced to death for 12 counts of murder in aid of racketeering.

Prosecutors said Savage acted as a go-between for her brother, who was in federal custody awaiting a drug trial, and Lamont Lewis, who committed the firebombing Eugene Coleman's home. Coleman was a federal witness at the time. Six people, including four children, were killed in the arson.

Kidada Savage was convicted on May 13, 2013, of six counts of murder in aid of racketeering, all related to the firebombing. Lewis pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

Kaboni and Kidada Savage were also convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, retaliating against a witness by murder and using fire to commit a felony.

Two other men, Robert Merritt and Steven Northington, were also convicted in the case. Northington was sentenced to life; Merritt is awaiting sentencing.

The case was prosecuted by trial attorney Steve Mellin of the Criminal Division's Capital Case Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Troyer and John Gallagher.

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