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Man pleads no contest, gets life plus 20 to 40 years in murder of elderly relative of witness

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HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole in the stabbing death of an elderly relative of a witness in a sexual assault case against him.

Thirty-one-year-old DaJuan Porter pleaded no contest to first-degree murder Friday in Dauphin County Court in a plea bargain that spared him a possible death sentence.

Prosecutors alleged that he broke into a Derry Township home in June 2013 and stabbed 87-year-old Joyce Roth as she slept.

He also pleaded no contest to burglary and arson and was sentenced to a consecutive 20- to 40-year term.

PennLive.com reports that Porter apologized to the victim's relatives, said he doesn't want to be regarded as a "monster," and said he accepted the plea to spare them and his own family further grief.

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