- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A New York judge has sentenced a man convicted of murder in the brutal stabbing of a 21-year-old woman to life without parole.

State Supreme Court Justice John Collins issued the sentence Friday. Dante Taylor was convicted in June of first-degree murder and attempted rape of Sarah Goode.

She disappeared in June 2014 after attending a party. Her family and community members had coordinated extensive searches in her hometown of Medford before officers found her body in a wooded area five days after she went missing. She had been stabbed over 40 times.

Prosecutors used cell phone records, a palm print and blood to tie Taylor to the case.

His attorney argued Taylor had consensual sex with Goode but someone else attacked her. He plans to appeal.

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