Man sentenced in rape, slaying of church day care worker

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Posted: Apr 06, 2017 9:35 AM

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — A custodian has been sentenced after admitting to raping, killing and then dumping the body of a church day care worker in Delaware.

News outlets report 33-year-old Matthew Burton pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Sussex County Superior Court to the second-degree murder and second-degree rape in the death of Nicole Bennett.

Burton was sentenced to 15 years each for the 2012 killing. He will be registered as a sex offender when he leaves prison and will be on probation for 20 years.

Bennett, a volunteer day care leader at Bay Shore Community Church near Gumboro, was found dead in a dirt road in Worcester County, Maryland.

In 2015, Bennett's family settled a lawsuit claiming the church was negligent in hiring Burton, a convicted sex offender, as a custodian.