Man who killed Kansas woman, stabbed son sentenced

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DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A Derby man who killed his girlfriend and stabbed her teenage son has been sentenced to life in prison for murder, with eligibility for parole after 25 years.

KAKE-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1m5eoSq ) 40-year-old Charles A. Beck Jr. also was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 14 years in prison for attempted murder. The sentences will run consecutively.

Beck is charged in the September 2013 strangulation of 44-year-old Lonnie Staggs at her Derby home. Prosecutors say Beck also tried to strangle Staggs’ 15-year-old son but he escaped after being cut with a knife and was able to lock himself and an 11-year-old sister in another room.

Beck turned himself in shortly after the deaths in Texas County, Mo.

He pleaded guilty last month to charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

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Information from: KAKE-TV.

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