A Monroe man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty by a jury Thursday of murdering an elementary school teacher in front of her daughter.
Lamate Sherron Anderson, 31, was convicted after a jury deliberated less than two hours before returning a verdict. He was sentenced by Judge David Lee.
Anderson had been charged with first-degree murder in the February 2010 stabbing death of 37-year-old Yolanda Simon, a fifth-grade teacher at Polkton/Peachland Elementary School in Anson County. Anderson lived across the street from Simon.
During the trial, prosecutors alleged that Anderson took a knife from his Crooked Creek Court home, walked across the street to Simon’s residence, and stabbed her multiple times when she opened the door. Her 6-year-old daughter witnessed the stabbing, police say.
Anderson unsuccessfully attempted to convince the jury that he was insane at the time of the murder.
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