Woman's Killer Pleads Guilty

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A man accused of killing a gas station clerk has decided to plea guilty to second-degree murder instead of standing trial.

Leonard Westervelt is charged in the stabbing of Jessica Fear while she worked the overnight shift at a Fowlerville Sunoco station in 2003.

Westervelt's trial was to start next Monday. He was facing an automatic life sentence if convicted, but his deal means he'll serve 28 years in prison when he's sentenced next month.

Westervelt told the court he got into an argument with Fear before stabbing her more than a dozen times in the back and chest.

Livingston County prosecutors have said the reason behind the murder wasn't robbery. They say Westervelt had some sort of relationship with Fear.

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