BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — A Baltimore County man was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of Pastor Raphael Happy-Ikenwilo in August 2017.

Daniel Degoto, 43, of Windsor Mill, Md., was sentenced in a Baltimore County Circuit Court on Friday.

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On Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, Degoto drove his wife to 7828 Liberty Road where she intended to attend worship services at Rahamis Ministry International Church.

Degoto then waited in the parking lot as Pastor Happy-Ikenwilo arrived with his wife and was removing items from his car.

Degoto then drove his vehicle at and struck Pastor Happy-Ikenwilo.

He then approached the victim and stabbed him with a large hunting knife a total of 13 times in the head, neck, torso and extremities.

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The victim was taken to the hospital where he died six hours later as a result of his injuries.

Degoto fled the scene but was arrested later that day in Howard County.

He was convicted of first-degree premeditated murder in a trial in Baltimore County on Jan 31., 2019.

He was sentenced on Friday to life with all but 50 years suspended.

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