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Accused murderer sentenced to 5 years in Tenn.

Kyle Morgan
Kyle Morgan

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Woodstock man accused of murder was sentenced to five years in Tennessee prison today after admitting that he hit two pedestrians while fleeing.

Kyle W. Morgan, 25, is accused of stabbing to death 28-year-old Robin Burton Jr., whose body was found in Morgan's apartment Jan. 19, 2009. Police said Morgan then fled, and hours after a murder warrant was issued, hit the pedestrians after driving onto a sidewalk to avoid a Tennessee state trooper who had pulled behind him.

"He was concerned that he would be found guilty at the trial," said Morgan's attorney, John Oliva.

Morgan must serve 30 percent of his sentence on the aggravated assault charges before he is eligible for parole, Oliva said, but can be sent back to Illinois at any time.

"Mr. Morgan waived extradition in January of last year," he said. "As far as I can interpret what Illinois has been doing is waiting for the Tennessee judicial proceedings to be concluded. They are finished now."

Burton, who was homeless, had been stabbed multiple times and his body mutilated, sources said. How the two men knew each other is unclear.

Morgan's family members said Morgan has struggled with mental illness since he was 14. He once spent more than a week in the hospital after slitting his wrists and jumping from a second-story balcony after a fight with his girlfriend.

The girlfriend told police that Morgan had suddenly jumped on her and started beating her before his demeanor changed. He appeared remorseful before cutting his neck three times and then slitting his wrists, saying, "Man, I really cut deep this time."

Morgan called himself "Thrill Kill Kyle" on a MySpace page that has since been taken down. His profile was filled with images of women in bondage and photos included anti-police graffiti, pentagrams and the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombings. Books listed included white supremacist literature.






 

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