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Man who admitted to killing Detroit woman he met on Backpage sentenced

Cynthia Worthy, 23, found stabbed to death in August


DETROIT – A 26-year-old Oak Park man who pleaded guilty to killing a Detroit woman he met online will spend the next 30 years of his life in prison for it.

Prosecutors said Jerome Moore met Cynthia Worthy on Backpage.com and stabbed her to death in August in his home on Dartmouth. Her family reported her missing when she didn't return from the date.

Police said Worthy's car was found parked a block away from Moore's home, and her body was found a few days later in an alley on Detroit's west side. 

Prosecutors said cadaver dogs found Worthy's DNA inside Moore's bedroom, on his shoes, in the basement and in the trunk of his car.

"That means that she was still bleeding when she was in the car. We don't know if she died at the Oak Park house or if she died as she was being transported in the vehicle," said prosecutor Christina Guirguis.

Moore pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for the dismissal of a first-degree murder charge. 

“It’s completely senseless what took place here," Judge Mark Slavens said. 

Slavens on Wednesday sentenced Moore to 30 to 45 years in prison. 

Worthy's mother, Priscilla Harrison, told the court her family is still healing and wore green -- a color that represents healing and hope.

"Cynthia was our joy," she said.