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Guilty Plea for "Legally Dead" Man

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Sentencing is set for July 28 for 53-year-old Thomas Steven Sanders, who pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and murder of a 12-year-old Las Vegas girl.

Sanders pleaded guilty June 28 to federal charges in the death of Lexis Roberts, whose body was found in Catahoula Parish last October 8.

Sanders, who was legally declared dead in Mississippi in 1994, had been living with Roberts and her mother, Suellen Roberts, for several months in Las Vegas. Suellen Roberts' body was found in northwestern Arizona last November and identified in December.

Sanders' parents, brother and ex-wife got a Mississippi court to declare Sanders legally dead in 1994, saying nobody had heard from him in seven years.

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