PITTSBORO — Bobby Lee Person, 30, was sentenced to life in prison Monday after pleading guilty to stabbing his mother to death early last year.
Person's guilty plea was part of a negotiated deal with the District Attorney's Office. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Howard Manning.
When Person was arrested in February 2007, authorities said that an argument between son and mother had led to the stabbing. Person turned himself in the day his mother's body was found.
Assistant District Attorney Marci Trageser said Person stabbed Colene Person, 53, at least 17 times and stole her jewelry and a vehicle.
Colene Person's sisters opposed the death penalty for their nephew.
Bobby Person had been released from prison less than a month before the murder, after serving about seven months on convictions that included cocaine and assault charges, according to the state Department of Correction Web site.