WENY News - Former Binghamton University student pleads guilty to fatally st

Former Binghamton University student pleads guilty to fatally stabbing freshman

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (WENY) – Just one day after rejecting a plea deal in Broome County Court, 20-year-old Michael Roque has plead guilty in the stabbing death of fellow Binghamton University student Joao Souza.

Souza, a 19-year-old engineering student, was reportedly stabbed to death in an on-campus residence hall.

While a specific motive hasn't been revealed, university police say they believe it was a targeted attack.

Yesterday, Roque had rejected a plea deal for 20 years to life in prison; his charges, second degree murder, generally come with a sentence of 25 years to life.

Now, Roque will be sentenced on November 16.

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