Forty-one years after the murder of 31-year-old Linda Slaten in her Brunell Parkway apartment, a man linked to the crime by DNA evidence pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder. Joseph Clinton Mills, 61, did not admit to the crime or apologize, News Channel 8 reports. His guilty plea resulted in a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole but avoided the death penalty that could have resulted from a jury trial. ALSO: Fox 13 News

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