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Ex-cab driver guilty of strangling passenger

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former cab driver has admitted strangling a passenger who authorities said couldn't pay her fare.

Lawrence E. Jensen is expected to be sentenced to 21 to 25 years in prison for second-degree murder under the terms of his plea deal.

Jensen pleaded guilty to strangling 21-year-old Veronica Neverdusky in August 1993 and dumping her body in a park. Authorities have said he became enraged after Neverdusky was unable to pay her fare.

Jensen, 57, gave no explanation during his plea hearing Tuesday. He is to be sentenced Dec. 7.

Jeff Gedbaw, Jensen's public defender, said Wednesday that the plea offer was fair and spared Neverdusky's family from having to sit through a trial.