Dallas man gets 25 years in Arlington woman’s slaying

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A 34-year-old Dallas man reached a plea agreement in a capital murder case and was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday.

Anthony Williams pleaded guilty to murder in the death of Imaete Udoh, who was stabbed 15 times in her apartment in the 2500 block of Forest Point Drive in Arlington on Aug. 5, 2011. Williams will be eligible for parole after serving half his sentence.

Udoh, 36, had recently graduated from college and was about to move to Ohio, according to an official with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office. Investigators believe that Williams was in Udoh’s apartment in the hours leading up to her murder.

Udoh’s vehicle, which had been stolen, was found after it was set on fire near where Williams lived. A television, a computer and her wallet were also stolen from the apartment, police said.

Williams was arrested based on interviews with authorities and evidence taken from the scene, police said.

Udoh’s body was found after her siblings became concerned because they had not heard from her. Before officers arrived, Udoh’s brother went inside her apartment and found her body.

The decision to resolve the case with a plea bargain came after prosecutors met with the victim’s family and reviewed the evidence, Assistant District Attorney Lloyd Whelchel said.

“The family did not want to endure a trial and asked that it be resolved in this manner,” Whelchel said.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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