- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - A Huntington man charged with killing his live-in girlfriend and hiding her body in a cardboard box has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Jeb Daly said in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday that he decided to plead guilty to spare both families the “circus” of a trial. A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Prosecutors say the 38-year-old Daly beat and strangled 30-year-old Jessica Dana at their Huntington home in June 2012 following an argument over money and Daly’s drug use. Dana had three children, two of them fathered by Daly.

Daly claimed Dana left the house on her own, but her body was found behind the house wrapped in blankets and put inside a cardboard box.

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