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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina man was sentenced to between 25 and 31 years in prison for murdering his 15-year-old girlfriend in 2014.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Je’Michael Devanair Malloy, 19, of Cumberland County, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the death of Danielle Locklear.

“That was the only baby I had,” the victim’s mother told Malloy in court. “I can’t have any more children and you took that away from me. Je’Michael, you ripped out my soul.”

Malloy choked Locklear to death in March 2014 and stuffed a sock in her mouth after an argument.

He then threw the victim off a bridge and into a river with cinder blocks tied to her ankles and around her waist. Her body was found by an off-duty deputy on April 3, 2014. Malloy had even participated in a search for the victim.

The victim was a ninth-grade student at South View High School in Hope Mills. The killer and his mother apologized to her family in court.