Man sentenced in woman's strangulation

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- A Greensboro man has been sentenced to at least 13 years in prison as part of a plea deal for fatally choking his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday that 29-year-old DeCarlo Rayshaun Bennett was sentenced on a second-degree murder charge. He telling authorities he had buried Sherri Jackson in a makeshift grave in the backyard of his mother's home.

Bennett had been charged with first-degree murder with the possibility of life in prison. A plea deal was struck June 26.

Authorities said Jackson disappeared less than a week after Bennett spent Thanksgiving dinner in 2006 discussing faith and the importance of respecting women with the victim's father, MacArthur Jackson.

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

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