A 69-year-old farm woman was sentenced to death Saturday for helping her husband kill five transient farmhands as part of a bad-check scheme.

Faye Copeland, whose husband will be sentenced later for the five murders, becomes the oldest woman in the nation on death row, said Pam Rutter, program coordinator for the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.In November, a jury convicted her in a swindle in which she and her 76-year-old husband, Ray, tricked transient workers into writing bad checks for cattle. Ray Copeland has also been convicted of murder but has yet to be sentenced.