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Man pleads guilty to attacks at Rocky Mount church

Posted September 3, 2009 3:05 p.m. EDT
Updated September 3, 2009 4:55 p.m. EDT

— A man facing the death penalty for attacking two women in a Rocky Mount church pleaded guilty Thursday. Tommy Lee Holiday was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Holiday was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Debbie Kornegay, 58, and attempted murder in the stabbing of Eve Beasley, 60. He pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Nash County Assistant District Attorney Keith Werner was seeking the death penalty in the case.

Kornegay, the director of Meals on Wheels, and Beasley, the assistant director, were preparing meals in the kitchen at Lakeside Baptist Church on Oct. 18, 2007, when, police said, Holiday attacked them.

Investigators said they believe Kornegay was trying to help Holiday find a shelter before he stabbed her multiple times. Beasley spent seven weeks recovering at Pitt Memorial Hospital from 10 stab wounds.