ELLICOTT CITY, Md. — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his 14-year-old girlfriend’s father has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Twenty-year-old Jason Bulmer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of 58-year-old Dennis Lane. He was sentenced Monday in Howard County Circuit Court.

Prosecutors say Bulmer and Morgan Arnold plotted for months to killed Lane so the couple could run away to California. Lane was stabbed in his daughter’s bedroom on May 10, 2013.

Arnold, now 15, has been charged as an adult with murder in the slaying.

Bulmer’s defense attorney said Bulmer suffers from a learning disorder and that he functions at a seventh-grade level. He’s currently taking anti-depressant medication.

Bulmer told police Arnold wanted her father dead “because she was sick of him.”

Prosecutors say Bulmer, who was 19 at the time, and Arnold laid out the plan to kill her father in text messages and on Skype over the course of several months.

The plan shifted from cold to lewd. Prosecutors said Arnold told Bulmer in messages to be silent when entering the home. At one point, Bulmer messaged Arnold saying he planned to rush into Lane’s bedroom “ninja style” and stab him and Geiger in the throat.

Prosecutors said the two also talked about having sex after the killings.

The night of the slaying, Bulmer, armed with a butcher knife, walked for about two hours from his Ellicott City home to Lane’s, prosecutors say. Bulmer slipped in through a screen door left unlocked by Arnold, police said.

Both Bulmer and Arnold had been students at Mount Hebron High School.

Lane was a popular Howard County blogger who penned “Tales Of Two Cities” — a site centered around the happenings of Ellicott City and Columbia.

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