Man Pleads Guilty in N.Y. Dismemberment
Jan. 06, 2003
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) _ A former Hofstra University student pleaded guilty Monday to charges he kidnapped, drugged and dismembered a fellow student.
Shaun Alexander, 25, of Dunwoody, Ga., accepted a plea bargain that is expected to bring 30 years in prison at his sentencing in March. He pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping.
Despite a history of mental illness, Alexander was found competent to stand trial.
Investigators initially believed that Max Kolb was killed after spurning Alexander's sexual advances. But prosecutor Fred Klein said Monday that Alexander committed the murder simply ``for the thrill of it.''
Alexander said he lured the Newton, Mass., sophomore to a motel room in 2001 after secretly giving him a ``date rape'' drug that knocked him out. Then he stabbed Kolb to death.
Alexander stashed body parts in plastic bags and drove around with the decaying corpse in his vehicle for a week, finally burying some of the remains behind his apartment.