Man convicted of psychiatrist stabbing sentenced to life

AP logo
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Christopher Frick and Caroline Ekong
Christopher Frick and Caroline Ekong

HOCKESSIN, Del. -- A Delaware man convicted of fatally stabbing a psychiatrist who once treated him has been sentenced to life in prison.

Christopher Frick pleaded guilty but mentally in September in killing of 55-year-old Caroline Ekong. The Wilmington News Journal reports that Frick was sentenced Friday to life in prison, plus 25 years.

Authorities have said he plotted Ekong's death for at least a year. They say Frick was mad that Ekong refused to let him leave a psychiatric facility.

Frick apologized Friday and said he wishes he could take it back. Three mental health experts concluded in separate reports that Frick suffers from a host of mental disorders. His plea means that he will receive psychiatric treatment while incarcerated.

Ekong's daughter, Koko Ekong, said Friday that her mother was a "woman of integrity."