CONCORD, N.C. -- A man charged with killing a 10-year-old Kannapolis boy and wounding his mother last April was sentenced to life in prison.

Eugene Mays, 39, pleaded guilty to killing 10-year old Mark Stewart and seriously wounding the boy's mother, Christi, in her Kannapolis home.

District Attorney Roxann Vaneekhoven said Mark died from several stab wounds to his face and neck and died trying to help his mother.

Veteran Kannapolis Detective Jeff Harrison described the crime scene saying, It is the worst I have ever seen.

In court, Christi Stewart was allowed to speak before the sentencing and said of her son, He was every mother's dream. I just want justice for him.

The murder happened last April. Investigators say Christi Stewart had invited Mays to live with her after they met online in January of that same year.

On the night of the stabbings, investigators said the two of them got into an argument.

In his statement to police that was read in court, Mays said, I did all this and it was just a blur.

Vaneekhoven said after the sentencing that the Stewart family accepted the plea agreement that spared Mays the death penalty because it meant that he would have to relive and think about what he had done every day for the rest of his life.

Family members left the court declining to talk to reporters.

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