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White Plains man to spend rest of his life in prison for killing woman in her home

WHITE PLAINS – A White Plains man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole and an additional 41 to 55 years to be served consecutively on his conviction after a jury trial of killing a woman in her Mamaroneck home in December 2010.

Reginald Powell, 56, was convicted of charges of first-degree murder, drug possession, burglary, grand larceny, and possession of stolen property.

On the evening of December 30, 2010, Powell was stopped by a New York City police officer for making an illegal left hand turn in Central Harlem. He got out of the vehicle and took off, but was apprehended. At the time, he was driving the SUV owned by the victim, Jennifer Katz, and was in possession of four of her rings. Police also found narcotics on him and in the vehicle.

At the precinct, Powell made reference to a body in a home in the Village of Mamaroneck and when local police went there, they found Katz dead.