Lee County man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend
Posted May 25, 2010 9:56 a.m. EDT
Updated May 25, 2010 12:25 p.m. EDT
Sanford, N.C. — 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.