Motivational Speaker Killer Gets 20 Years

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    The man who was paid to kill motivational speaker Jeffrey Locker has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    A man who accepted a motivational speaker's offer to pay to be killed has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

    Kenneth Minor was sentenced Monday for Jeffrey Locker's July 2009 death. The Manhattan stabbing spurred a court debate over the limits of helping people kill themselves.

    The defendant yelled an expletive after the sentence was pronounced.

    Authorities and Minor both say Locker asked for help staging his death to look like a robbery, so his family could collect insurance money.

    Prosecutors said Minor went beyond aiding suicide by stabbing the 52-year-old Locker seven times in the self-help expert's car. Minor said he only held a knife while Locker repeatedly lunged into it.