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Del. Man Sentenced to Life in Millsboro Killing

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A registered sex offender who pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a 70-year-old Millsboro woman has been sentenced to life in prison.

A Sussex County judge on Tuesday sentenced 45-year-old Michael D. Purnell to two life terms plus 75 years in prison.

Purnell, who had been charged with first-degree murder, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder, first-degree rape, and other charges in the 2011 killing of Dorothy Gudger.

Troopers were called to Gudger's home after neighbors concerned about her welfare entered the house and found her dead on the floor.

Investigators subsequently learned that Purnell had been doing odd jobs for Gudger.

Purnell was convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse in 1988 and had been on Delaware's sex offender registry since 2009.

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