DURHAM, N.C. — A man will spend more time behind bars after pleading guilty to killing a woman in Durham several years ago and carrying her remains in a backpack.
Michael Dorman of Mebane pleaded guilty Friday to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Lekiea Lacole Boxley. The 35-year-old Dorman was sentenced to five to seven years in prison and given credit for the three years he’s already spent behind bars.
Dorman says he pleaded guilty because he fears he won’t get a fair trial.
A year after Dorman’s arrest, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson dismissed the charges. Boxley’s family had cremated her remains. Hudson said Dorman didn’t get a fair trial because his attorneys couldn’t conduct their own tests on the bones.
The state Court of Appeals then reinstated the murder charge.