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Lee County man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

Posted May 25, 2010

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— A Lee County man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for killing his teenage girlfriend two years ago, authorities said.

Edward Donald Rivera, 23, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder in the April 26, 2008, stabbing of Dana Shorb.

Shorb, 17, was found dead in the shower of her home at 210 Bounty Lane, which she shared with Rivera and their child. An autopsy showed Shorb had been stabbed 11 times in the arms, head, neck and chest.

"Although there was no physical evidence tying the defendant to the murder and no confession from the defendant, the state believed strongly that the circumstantial evidence in this case pointed to no one other than the defendant as the perpetrator of this crime," Lee County District Attorney Susan Doyle said in a statement.

Superior Court Judge Franklin Lanier sentenced Rivera to between 157 months and 198 months in prison.


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  • 6079 SMITH W May 28, 2010

    The similarities between this crime and the other story "Man kills romantic rival"....are striking. Both were "Lee County Men"....I'm sure this just a fluke, two different people who stabbed (at least a dozen times) to death two victims who stood in the way of "Machismo"....death before dishonor, apparently. Reason Gazillion and six why we need to fight harder for open borders........

  • Ol Forrester May 25, 2010

    The DA said "no physical evidence tying the defendant to the murder and no confession". Maybe we were lucky to get a conviction. But the perp just doesn't look that smart. No evidence ???

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  • Frank Downtown May 25, 2010

    She was 17, with a kid, and not living with her parents?

  • GWALLY May 25, 2010

    13 years for a heinous murder that leaves a child motherless, what a shame.......however had he had stolen as little as 4k in an armed robbery from a bank 12+ years...so who has the power and gets the "justice"???....you guessed it the banks...their golden rule...."he who has the gold rules" (and has the power and your tax money as a bailout to boot)!!!

  • morebadnews May 25, 2010

    Our court system is a JOKE!!!! 13 years for killing someone, really? And people wonder why there is so much crime going on!!

  • itsmyownopinion May 25, 2010

    Oh, I get it, the more brutal the murder, the fewer the years in prison if you cop a plea. This is disgraceful.

  • freedomrings May 25, 2010

    Thirteen years is a joke and a horrible slap in the face to the victim's family.

  • Ladybug May 25, 2010

    Only 13 yrs for murder. No wonder there is so much of this going on. You don't have to do much time for murder! This is a real shame.....

  • raggy831 May 25, 2010

    what happen to the child?