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Man convicted of murdering his neighbor sentenced to life in prison

Darnell Newett sentenced to life in prison. (Source: WOIO) Darnell Newett sentenced to life in prison. (Source: WOIO)

A Maple Heights man who stabbed his neighbor dozens of times has been sentenced to 35 years to life in prison.

Rhonda Jackson, 52, was found dead on the living room floor of her apartment on March 3, 2013. Police say she had at least 74 stab wounds to her head, neck and torso as well as blunt force trauma.

Darnell Newett, who was 50 at the time lived in the same building, and was friends with Jackson.

Investigators found discarded, bloodstained clothing and a broken steak knife in a nearby dumpster. The clothing contained Jackson’s blood and DNA from Newett. Newett’s identification cards were also found in the pocket of the pants recovered from the dumpster and soiled with Jackson’s blood.

A jury found Newett guilty on all counts, including aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. 

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