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Man rejects plea offer in NYC speaker stabbing

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 | 10:21 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man has turned down a plea offer after his murder conviction was overturned in a stabbing he calls an assisted suicide.

Kenneth Minor's lawyer told a judge Tuesday that Minor was rejecting prosecutors' offer to plead guilty to manslaughter and accept a 14-year sentence. He's been serving 20 years to life in motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker's 2009 death.

Minor has said he would admit to a manslaughter charge that involves aiding a suicide. But his lawyer, Daniel Gotlin, said the 14-year sentence was too long. The maximum for that charge is 15 years.

Minor says Locker approached him for help staging what would look like a deadly robbery, so Locker's family could collect his life insurance. Investigators found evidence Locker planned his death.