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Man Pleads Guilty in Killing of Police Officer

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David Salasky Jr. David Salasky Jr.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP)- A Wilmington man charged with fatally stabbing a New Castle County police officer has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the crime.

Thirty-four-year-old David Salasky Jr. entered the plea Monday to first-degree murder in the slaying of 44-year-old Officer Joseph Szczerba in September 2011.

Salasky entered the plea as jury selection was under way in a trial. He faces an automatic sentence of two life terms plus an additional 153 years.

Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter did not immediately set a sentencing date.

Defense attorneys had suggested that Salasky was delusional and high on mind-altering chemicals when Szczerba was killed.

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