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Woman Pleads Guilty To Killing Pizza Delivery Man

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A Boston woman who was 17 when she helped lure a pizza delivery driver to a vacant home in the city where he was fatally stabbed and robbed pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter.

Yamiley Mathurin, now 21, pleaded guilty in Suffolk Superior Court on the second day of jury selection.

Mathurin was a high school junior when Richel Nova, 58, a delivery driver for Domino's, was killed in September 2010.

She lured Nova to the rear of the vacant house, where her boyfriend and his friend were waiting in the shadows, prosecutors said. Nova was described as a doting father who saved diligently for the education of his three children.

He was stabbed 16 times, and the three suspects stole $100, two pizzas, an order of chicken wings and a bottle of soda, then took off in his car, authorities said.

Mathurin's co-defendants, now 22 and 24, still face first-degree murder charges and their trial is scheduled to go on.

Mathurin faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for pleading guilty to manslaughter, armed robbery and breaking and entering. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 26.

The defendants, who did not have criminal records, were caught on surveillance video from the area and seen by a witness. One of their friends said she overheard the three discussing plans for the robbery a day earlier.

Nova's slaying enraged former Mayor Thomas Menino, who said he would "slowly torture" the suspects. Menino, who knew Nova's twin daughters because they worked in City Hall, later backed off, saying he let his emotions get the better of him.

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