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Tenn. teen agrees to plead guilty to fatally stabbing school principal, gets 35-year sentence

A Memphis teen charged with fatally stabbing his high school principal two years ago has agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and accept a 35-year prison sentence.

Criminal Court Judge W. Mark Ward on Tuesday questioned Eduardo Marmolejo (mar-moh-LAY'-hoh) on the stand. The 18-year-old said he accepted the plea agreement, and the judge had no objections.

Marmolejo was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Suzette York in August 2011. The 49-year-old York was Marmolejo's principal at Memphis Junior Academy, a private school affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Marmolejo was 16 at the time of the killing, which investigators say he planned for months. Police say he studied close-combat battle tactics and sharpened his knife the night before the killing.

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