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Man Sentenced to Life in Sewer Workers' Deaths

Posted: Jul 12, 2013 12:47 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Jul 12, 2013 12:48 PM

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A suburban St. Louis man has been ordered to spend life in prison in the 2002 stabbing deaths of three area sewer district workers.

A St. Louis County judge on Friday sentenced 51-year-old Mitchell Osburn of Maplewood to three consecutive life terms.

Osburn entered an Alford plea in May to three counts each of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. With such a plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors had enough evidence for a conviction.

The three workers were among five Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District workers socializing after a day of work at a park when a man attacked them with a knife. Osburn was arrested the next day.

The case was delayed for years due to Osburn's mental illness.

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