Court appearance: 25 years for teen in homeless man's death

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Posted: Nov 16, 2015 7:38 PM

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing a homeless man.

As part of a plea deal with Lee County prosecutors, the 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder during a hearing, local media outlets attending the court appearance reported. He had been facing a first-degree murder charge and possible life sentence.

Authorities said the youth left his Cape Coral home one night in August 2014, walked to a homeless camp, stabbed 51-year-old Thomas J. Bergstrom multiple times with a bread knife and returned home. Police said there was no evidence the teen knew Bergstrom before the killing.

The Associated Press does not generally name minors charged with crimes.

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Information from: The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press, http://www.news-press.com