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Michigan pastor sentenced to 56-85 years for killing neighbor

April 18, 2013 at 7:31 PM

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich., April 18 (UPI) -- The pastor of a Mount Pleasant, Mich., church was sentenced to 56 to 85 years in prison for killing a neighbor about whom he said he'd had a sexual fantasy.

John White, 55, will be required to serve at least 56 years under a plea agreement, UpNorthLive.com reported Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to bludgeoning Rebekah Gay, 24, Oct. 31 and dumping her body in a nearby ditch. Police said White told investigators the killing was part of a sexual fantasy, the report said.

White served a prison sentence for stabbing a woman in 1980 and another sentence for killing a woman in 1994, The Detroit News reported.

He became a pastor of Christ Community Fellowship four years after he was released from his second prison term in 2007, the newspaper said.

Police said White had consumed several 24-ounce cans of beer before going to his victim's home at 2 a.m. and entering through an unlocked door. After bludgeoning her, he strangled her and took her body in his pickup truck to a wooded area about a mile away where he dumped her, investigators said.

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