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