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Newlyweds guilty in Craigslist killing

| Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, 8:15 p.m.

HARRISBURG — A newlywed couple charged in the stabbing death of a stranger they lured through a Craigslist ad offering companionship pleaded guilty to murder on Tuesday and could get mandatory sentences of life without parole.

Miranda Barbour, 19, and Elytte Barbour, 22, had entered not-guilty pleas to first-degree murder charges that carried a possible death penalty upon conviction. They changed their pleas to guilty on second-degree murder charges during a status conference in Northumberland County Court in Sunbury.

The Barbours married in North Carolina and moved to central Pennsylvania about three weeks before they met the victim, Troy LaFerrara, 42, who accepted Miranda Barbour's offer of companionship in exchange for money.

Miranda Barbour picked up LaFerrara at a mall in Selinsgrove on Nov. 11 and drove in her car to Sunbury, a small city about 100 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Once they parked, Elytte Barbour came out of his hiding place under a blanket in the back seat and held a cord tightly against LaFerrara's neck. His wife then stabbed LaFerrara about 20 times. The pair dumped the victim's body in an alley.

The Barbours are scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18 in Northumberland County Court.

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