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Man gets life sentence in nursing student's slaying

Posted September 29, 2008

— A Raleigh man was sentenced Monday to life in prison for the stabbing death of his former girlfriend last year.

Mwanza Rama Bennett, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Lorrielle Watkins, 29. She was found dead outside the Trees & Leaves apartment complex on Kent Road on May 1, 2007.

Bennett was arrested a short time later after he fled the scene and wrecked the vehicle he was driving.

Watkins was a nursing student with one semester left of school and the single mother of an 11-year-old autistic son who was inside the apartment when she was killed, family members said.


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  • lemonlake1958 Sep 29, 2008

    Many young men in our society have lost the true meaning of life and it's joys. A good "Godly" fear has to be put back into all our lives. Men stand up and teach your sons how to really care for your wife, Mother's and sister again!!

  • Mrs Fabulous 1 Sep 29, 2008

    So so so sad!!! I have to agree with DeathRow on this one!!!

  • cbarnett Sep 29, 2008

    And does anybody care what happens to her autistic son?

  • Seeminglyopposed Sep 29, 2008

    It is better than 15 years like Mark Bowling received. He may have well pulled the trigger in killing his wife. What is the difference really.

  • Just the facts mam Sep 29, 2008

    So he will be out on probation in a couple years???

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 29, 2008

    She was sentenced to Death. He was sentenced to Life.

    What's wrong with this picture?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 29, 2008

    So sad that his girlfriend is still dead and he is still alive.