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St. Petersburg man pleads guilty to killing neighbor

LARGO — A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Tuesday and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Ray Anthony Henderson admitted that in July 2011 he stabbed Bryan Happe to death and took his cash to buy crack cocaine. The men were neighbors at an apartment complex at 2780 First Ave. N.

Assistant State Attorney Scott Rosenwasser said because of Henderson's age, the sentence amounts to a life term. It also spared Happe's family from having to relive the crime through the process of a trial.

St. Petersburg man pleads guilty to killing neighbor 08/20/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 4:02pm]
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