Memphis man sentenced to life in prison for girl's slaying

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A Memphis man pleaded guilty to killing a 7-year-old girl and was sentenced to life in prison.

Tobias Johnson entered his plea yesterday to the suffocation death of Tyra Knox, who was abducted in 2003 while riding her scooter near her home.

Authorities say Johnson took the child to a vacant house, and to stop her from screaming placed his hand over her mouth and nose until she was dead.

The girl's mother, Angela Jones, says she's glad the case is over and that Johnson got life in prison for what he did to her daughter.

Under the life sentence, Johnson, who has four years of jail credit, will be eligible for parole after serving 47 years.

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