A homeless man convicted of killing a 61-year-old man who had let him into his apartment has been sentenced to 16 years to life in prison, prosecutors said.
Paul Himes, 40, bludgeoned Ronald Bottjer to death with a metal pipe during an argument in Bottjer's apartment on June 9, 2003, the Suffolk County district attorney's office said.
Bottjer had apparently invited Himes to his apartment after meeting him at a mall, authorities said. A metal pipe and traces of Himes' blood were found at the scene, prosecutors said in a statement.
Himes pleaded guilty to second-degree intentional murder on Sept. 15, said Robert Clifford, a spokesman for District Attorney Thomas Spota. He was sentenced on Wednesday by Suffolk County Court Judge Gary Weber.
Himes' attorney, George Duncan, said his client admitted killing Bottjer and said Himes had "reacted inappropriately to a sexual pass from another man."
"He confessed from minute one because he felt bad about what he did," Duncan said.