Michael Joseph Boone

A 33-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison without parole after a jury found him guilty of killing a woman in Charlotte’s Hidden Valley neighborhood in 2017.

Michael Joseph Boone was convicted Tuesday of killing 37-year-old Shenika Monique Simpson inside a boarding house in northeast Charlotte. Prosecutors alleged that Boone stabbed Simpson 24 times during an attempted rape.

Boone went on trial Sept. 9, charged with first-degree murder. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge James C. Bell.

According to prosecutors, Simpson and her boyfriend were renting space to stay with Boone in a boarding house on Vancouver Drive when Boone attacked Simpson. Her boyfriend was away when the attack occurred.

The boyfriend called police when he returned to the home and saw that someone was injured in Boone’s room, not realizing that the victim was Simpson. When police arrived, they found Boone wearing gloves and bloodied clothing and carrying two knives – the murder weapons – in his pocket. Ms. Simpson was pronounced dead at the scene. Her death, on January 3, was recorded as Charlotte’s second homicide of 2017.

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