Harrisburg man gets life for 2013 murder in Derry Township

Dajuan Porter attends a preliminiary hearing in August 2013.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A city man has been sentenced to life in prison and a consecutive term of 20 to 40 years for murdering an 87-year-old woman in a Hershey-area home and for setting fire to a suburban Harrisburg home nearly two years ago.

Dajuan Anthony Porter, 31, received the sentence Friday after he pleaded no contest to first degree murder, burglary of a residence, and arson.

Authorities said Porter was looking for someone else when he fatally stabbed Joyce Roth in a Derry Township home on June 10, 2013.

porter_arrest_photoPorter, who had been arrested by Harrisburg police for performing sexual acts on three men as they slept, was due in court the morning of the murder and was looking for an accuser who previously lived in the home.

Roth, of Allentown, was visiting Derry Township for the high school graduation of her great-grandchild and was staying at the home of her son and daughter-in-law. She was stabbed in the chest while sleeping in a guest bedroom.

He also set fire to the Lower Paxton Township home of a second accuser the same morning. The victim was not injured.

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