GRENTA, La. (AP) - A 44-year-old Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend in a suburban New Orleans motel three years ago.
Terry Robinson had been accused of slashing and strangling 32-year-old Lesley Justice. Both were from Starkville.
Robinson pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He had been charged with second-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence without parole.
Robinson took a plea deal Wednesday just before a jury was to hear opening arguments.
Investigators say Justice was killed in an apparent domestic dispute.
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