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They can try to hold her responsible, but it does not seem she is responsible here based on the facts that your are giving and language you have provided. Of course, that's not going to stop the landlord from trying to bully his way into making her pay for the damages.
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That's the issue.
If she get's an attorney to help her fight the case, it could potentially cost her more than the $3,000 the landlord is seeking.
She should stick to her guns and tell the landlord she isn't paying it because she isn't responsible (if she truly believes she is not). The landlord will likely get upset, try to terminate the lease asserting that she is in breach, and eventually try to evict her. This will all end up in court and the decision would be up to a judge.
That being said, it is a roll of the dice. Your sister would be taking a gamble if she decided not to pay the $3k (even though I personally don't think she should because I don't see how, based off what you're saying, it's her fault).
That's pretty much her only other option.