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'Craigslist killer' couple plead guilty to murder of stranger they lured through site

Published 26/08/2014 | 23:47

Miranda Barbour is facing the death penalty over ‘Craigslist’ killing
Miranda Barbour
Miranda Barbourf REUTERS/Mark Makela

A Pennsylvania couple have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder over the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through Craigslist.

Miranda and Elytte Barbour both pleaded guilty in Northumberland County Court in Sunbury, officials said.

Elytte Barbour had told police they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together.

The two were originally charged with first-degree murder. The second-degree murder charge carries a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, but removes the possibility of a death sentence.

Miranda Barbour, 19, the woman dubbed the so-called Craigslist killer suspect, looks out of the window from a sheriff's car after appearing in court in Sunbury, Pennsylvania April 1, 2014. Barbour and her husband, 22-year-old Elytte Barbour, have pleaded not guilty to the stabbing and strangling in November of Troy LaFerrara, 42, whose body was found dumped in an alley in Sunbury.  REUTERS/Mark Makela  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW)
Miranda Barbour REUTERS/Mark Makela

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The couple married in North Carolina and moved to Pennsylvania about three weeks before they met up with Troy LaFerrara and killed him on November 11 after Miranda Barbour offered him companionship in exchange for money.

The couple are scheduled to be sentenced on September 18 in Northumberland County Court.

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