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Man angrily denies guilt while being sentenced to life in prison in 2011 stabbing death


READING, Pennsylvania — An eastern Pennsylvania man angrily denied having killed his ex-lover's new roommate as he was being sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

A jury last month convicted 33-year-old Michael Walker of Hamburg of first-degree murder in the December 2011 stabbing death of 49-year-old Stephen Libensperger.

The Reading Eagle (http://bit.ly/1PVekWU ) reports that Walker shouted "I never killed nobody" at Friday's sentencing in Berks County Court.

In a profanity-laced speech, he called his trial unjust and said the court had ignored the role mental illness and drugs played in his decision to confess twice to the murder.

Relatives of the victim sobbed and shook their heads as he spoke.

Prosecutors said Walker was jealous of the victim, who had moved in with Walker's former lover four days earlier.

Information from: Reading Eagle, http://www.readingeagle.com/

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