NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of a Massachusetts woman more than a decade ago.
Forty-five-year-old John Loflin of Pulaski, Tenn., was sentenced Friday in Fall River Superior Court for the 2002 killing of Marlene Rose in New Bedford, where Loflin then lived. He will be eligible for parole in 15 years.
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter said Friday that Loflin had been scheduled to go to trial next week.
The body of 43-year-old Rose was found beaten and strangled on railroad tracks in July 2002.
Prosecutors said Loflin was linked to the case through DNA evidence that he provided to Tennessee authorities after serving a jail sentence in a 2008 drug case.