SALISBURY, N.C. - A Salisbury man who stabbed a woman he once dated to death then drove to a magistrate's office and drew a heart with her blood on the wall has been sentenced to life in prison.
Tony Luther pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on Friday after prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Luther told police he blacked out in a jealous rage after finding out 28-year-old Tasha West was dating someone else in May 2013. Prosecutors say he grabbed her hands while they talked and stabbed her at least twice in the chest.
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Authorities say Luther was still covered in West's blood when he drove to the magistrate's office, drew a heart in blood on the wall and turned himself in.