- Associated Press - Friday, January 31, 2014

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally stabbing a woman he met at a strip club and later had sex with.

A Pinellas County judge sentenced 25-year-old Thomas Frederick on Friday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Frederick met 29-year-old Adrianne Robert and her male roommate in July 2012 at the Diamond Dolls strip club. Frederick and Robert eventually left together, while the roommate stayed at the club.

Back at Robert’s home, prosecutors say Frederick raped Robert on her bed while holding a knife to her eye and then stabbed her in the chest.

During a recorded interview with detectives, Frederick acknowledged having consensual sex with Robert but claimed the woman had attacked him with the knife and he was defending himself.

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