PENDER COUNTY -- A Pender County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Tuesday morning Lakane Murphy pleaded guilty to several charges, including first-degree murder and burglary. In January of 2006 Murphy broke into his ex-girlfriend's home near Atkinson, beat her unconscious then shot and killed her friend 52-year-old Malachaui Loftin. Murphy will serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
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