GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who admitted he shot, beat with a gun and slit the throat of a woman he was romantically involved with has made a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports 56-year-old Anthony Campbell was set for trial in November, but instead pleaded guilty to killing 45-year-old Joyce "Jo" Eaton and was sentenced to life in prison.

Eaton's family says she met Campbell online while both were married, but prosecutors say Eaton learned Campbell was still with his wife a week before her death.

Authorities say Campbell initially denied being romantically involved with Eaton. But records placed both their cellphones where Eaton's body was found and only his phone in a different place where her car was left.

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Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com