LARGO, Florida (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for fatally stabbing his neighbor at an apartment complex for the mentally ill.
As part of a deal with Pinellas County prosecutors, 55-year-old Ray Henderson pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder. He had originally been charged with first-degree murder.
St. Petersburg police say Henderson admitted to stabbing Bryan Happe with a knife in July 2011 and then using the other man's cash to buy crack cocaine. Henderson threw Happe's wallet and the knife into Tampa Bay.
Happe was found dead after maintenance workers went to his apartment to fix the air conditioner.