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West Palm Beach man gets 42 years for slaying estranged girlfriend

Posted: 8:48 AM, May 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-01 12:48:55Z

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Palm Beach County man has been sentenced to 42 years in prison for stabbing his estranged girlfriend to death.

Louis Crawford, 49, of West Palm Beach was charged with first-degree murder but took a deal Monday that allowed him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree murder.

The Palm Beach Post  reports  that the plea stopped Crawford's death penalty trial. Jury selection was set to start Monday.

Shandreka Wilkerson, 36, and her 9-year-old daughter moved into their own place in 2012 after Crawford reportedly grew violent. On the day she died, Wilkerson told police her leasing office had unwittingly given Crawford her address.

Wilkerson was stabbed multiple times and found by her daughter, who said she saw Crawford fleeing the scene. Crawford told police he stabbed Wilkerson after the two argued.

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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post,  http://www.pbpost.com