Man gets decades in prison for former girlfriend’s murder

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — A 32-year-old convicted stalker will spend 35 to 70 years in prison for the murder of his former girlfriend last summer.

Eric John Frederickson was sentenced Tuesday by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny. Frederickson pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder in the death of Summer Lynn Faulkner, 22, whom the South Lyon man stabbed in the head and neck at her Rosweood residence in July. Frederickson had been charged with first-degree murder, which if convicted would have sent him to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

A November jury trial had been scheduled prior to last month’s plea-deal. Police Cmdr. Mary Sclabassi said Frederickson turned himself in a few hours after Faulkner’s death on July 20. Investigators and prosecutors said Frederickson entered Faulkner’s apartment about 10:30 p.m. and soon stabbed her in the head and neck. She died soon after due to a severed jugular vein.

Prosecutors established that Frederickson — who previously had been convicted of aggravated stalking — had continued to contact Faulkner after she’d ended their brief relationship.

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