By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR — Instead of a November jury trial and a potential penalty of life in prison without possibility of parole, a South Lyon man pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder.
Eric John Frederickson, 31, had been facing charges of first-degree, premeditated murder for the July 20 stabbing death of his former girlfriend, Summer Faulkner.
According to police reports, Frederickson turned himself in within hours of Faulkner’s death in her apartment in the 23000 block of Rosewood. Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said Frederickson entered the apartment about 10:30 p.m. and stabbed Faulkner in the head and neck. The cause of death, confirmed by a medical examiner, was a severed jugular vein.
Frederickson was arraigned in 23rd District Court and bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court, where a preliminary examination of evidence before Judge Timothy Kenny presented Frederickson as having previously been convicted of aggravated stalking, with Faulkner the victim.
A November jury trial had been scheduled for Frederickson, charged with premeditated and felony murder punishable by life in prison without parole. Thursday Frederickson pleaded guilty to second degree murder, punishable by 35 to 70 years in prison.
Frederickson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 15 before Kenny.
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