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Wrightsville man guilty of murdering his child's mother
A Wrightsville man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and related charges for luring his baby's mother to his home and stabbing her at least 49 times.
Marcus James Bordelon, 23, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and abuse of a corpse when he appeared before Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness on Thursday morning.
The plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors that allows him to avoid facing the death penalty, according to his defense attorney, Kevin Hoffman.
"We all know that the only possible sentence at this point is life in prison," Hoffman said. "He understands that and is going to accept that sentence."
Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 21, according to court records.
Bordelon regrets murdering Samantha Young and has accepted responsibility for his actions, according to the attorney.
Hoffman described the murder as "tragic and horrible and heartbreaking" and said Bordelon did not want to put Young's family through the pain of a trial.
The bloody crime left their then-1-year-old daughter, Arteya, without a mother or, essentially, a father.
"I think he’s come to terms with the fact that he’s going to spend the rest of his life in prison," Hoffman said.
The murder case against Bordelon's then-girlfriend, 20-year-old Natasha Stover, remains active, according to court records. She, like Bordelon, is locked up in York County Prison without bail.
Her attorney, Suzanne Smith, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The allegations: Bordelon lured the 21-year-old Young — called Sami by her friends and family — to his Chestnut Street home by telling her something was wrong with their daughter, who was visiting her father that night, according to Young's family.
Bordelon and Young were no longer involved, her family said.
Young suffered stab wounds and cuts all over her body, including clusters of stab wounds to her back and wounds to her neck, head, chest, arms and legs.
Stab wounds penetrated her heart, both lungs, liver and diaphragm, according to Dr. Michael Johnson, a forensic pathologist who testified at Bordelon's preliminary hearing.
Johnson said Young suffered at least 49 stab wounds, probably more. He explained that "clusters" of wounds with "co-mingled" pathways made it difficult to count the wounds with certainty.
Bordelon used a stun gun to keep Young, who lived in York Township, from leaving his home before killing her, according to Wrightsville Police.
Found in shed: Officers responding to Bordelon's home on April 19, 2015, found Young's body in a locked shed in Bordelon's yard, documents state. It appeared that she had been dragged there, preliminary hearing testimony indicated.
Police allege Stover and Bordelon exchanged texts about him killing Young.
Police also say Stover helped Bordelon move Young's car away from his home, then drove him to Home Depot to buy bleach and lime.
— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.