Harrisburg man pleads no contest to killing 87-year-old woman

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Dajuan Porter (file photo)

Dajuan Porter, of Harrisburg, pleaded no contest Friday to first-degree murder and other charges in connection with the death of 87-year-old Joyce Roth in June 2013.

President Judge Richard Lewis sentenced Porter to life in prison as well as a term of 20 to 40 years in prison for the other charges.

Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico had planned to seek the death penalty against Porter.

Marsico says his office typically accepts a plea such as this one in exchange for a life sentence.

The murder happened at a home in Derry Township on June 10, 2013. Porter also pleaded no contest to charges of burglary in arson. Later in the morning after Roth was killed, police say Porter committed arson at a home in Lower Paxton Township.