MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (WOOD) - A Mount Pleasant pastor who strangled his 24-year-old neighbor as her son slept in the other room will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
John Douglas White was sentenced to between 56 and 85 years in prison in the death of Rebekah Gay.
White, 55, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder as a habitual third offender as part of a plea deal.
Chief Judge Paul Chamberlain added 10 years to the recommended 46-year minimum sentence, the Associated Press reported.
White admitted to beating his neighbor Rebekah Gay over the head with a rubber mallet and then strangling her with a zip tie in the early hours of Oct. 31, 2012, according to court documents. Gay's naked body was found the next day in a wooded ditch not far from the mobile home park where she and White lived.
White told police he had been fantasizing for about two weeks about killing Gay and having sex with her dead body, court documents show.
Gay's 3-year-old son, who slept in another room of the mobile home while his mother was murdered, was not hurt.
White previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in 1995 the death of Vicky Sue Wall of Comstock Township, with whom he had been having an affair. He was released from prison in 2007.
He was also convicted of assault with intent to murder in 1981 after stabbing then-17-year-old Theresa Etherton 15 times in the basement of his Battle Creek home. He was later appealed the conviction and was released in July 1983.
In 2009, White became the pastor at Christ Community Fellowship Church in Mount Pleasant.
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