- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 6, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York man who strangled his girlfriend last year and set her body on fire has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The Erie County District Attorney’s Office says 59-year-old Thomas Murphy of Cheektowaga was sentenced Monday in county court, where he pleaded guilty in October to manslaughter and arson charges.

Prosecutors say Murphy killed 63-year-old Jean Hartwig in April 2015 in the suburban Buffalo residence they shared at the Williamstowne Senior Apartments. He then set her body on fire in a bedroom.

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