White Plains student's killer gets death sentence in DE

The man who killed a White Plains woman attending the University of Delaware received the death sentence Wednesday.

A Wilmington judge handed down the sentence to 36-year-old James Cooke Jr., saying Cooke's painful childhood was no excuse for his crimes.

Outside of court, Lindsey Bonistall's relatives said the sentence was a hollow victory, considering the 20-year-old can never be brought back.

Cooke, a drug-addicted father of 11, was convicted in March for Bonistall's death two years ago. He burst into his neighbor's off-campus apartment, raped and killed Bonistall then set her apartment on fire to conceal his crimes.

The defense plans to appeal the death sentence.

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