LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A Lansing-area man who told police he killed his 5-year-old stepdaughter after she interrupted his nap has been sentenced to life in prison without a chance for parole.

Thomas McClellan (booking photo)

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Thomas McClellan of Holt declined to speak in court Wednesday. Judge Joyce Draganchuk says there’s no explanation for what happened to Luna Younger last November. The sentence for first-degree murder was mandatory.

McClellan told police that he stabbed Luna and then set fire to the Lansing-area apartment to destroy evidence. During a recorded confession played during the trial, McClellan said he killed the girl because she interrupted his nap and asked for something to eat.

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The judge says the public will only “hurt ourselves by dwelling on the why.”

Defense attorney Patrick Crowley says it was a “wicked act” but that McClellan isn’t a “wicked man.”

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