Guilty plea nets man life sentence

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A man charged in the stabbing death of a former North Carolina State University student has been spared a death sentence.

Joseph Sanderlin was sentenced to life in prison Friday after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Lauren Redman. She was found bleeding outside her Raleigh apartment in November 2005.

The plea agreement was accepted by Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby, who recently received information from Sanderlin's attorneys indicating the 26-year-old was mentally disabled.

Besides being sentenced to death, a life sentence is the only other punishment available under state law for someone who pleads guilty to first-degree murder.

Byron Lamar Waring also was charged in connection with Redman's death. He was sentenced to death in July 2007.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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