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Nicole Oneill, the last remaining defendant charged in the murder of veteran Detroit firefighter David Madrigal, was sentenced to 20-50 years in prison Friday.

Oneill, 34, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this month under a plea agreement before Third Circuit Judge Judge Paul J. Cusick.

Oneill’s co-counsel Wade Fink said what happened to Madrigal “was an absolute tragedy” and his family “can now have some peace.”

Oneil pleaded guilty as she was scheduled to go to trial on felony murder and related charges.

Her boyfriend, Timmy Lynn Soto, 33, and Christian Rasnick, 20, are also serving time behind bars for the brutal beating of Madrigal, who died from blunt force trauma to the head reportedly from a gym weight.

The 59-year-old veteran firefighter’s body was found by his son in December 2015 at his home on Vaughan on Detroit’s west side. Relatives say Madrigal’s home had been ransacked and a safe containing cash was missing.

Police say Oneill, who knew Madrigal, went to his home with Soto, and Rasnick.

Soto, who reportedly beat Madrigal with the gym weight pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and felony firearms in December. Soto received a 38-82 year prison sentence.

Raasnick pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October and received a 10-30 year prison sentence.

Fink, who represented Oneill along with co-counsel Kimberly Stout, added Friday “the public needs to understand that the most villainous person (in the crime) is Timmy Soto who actually killed Mr. Madrigal.”

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