- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

SOMERVILLE, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man convicted of murdering a New York City woman has been sentenced to life in prison.

Somerset County prosecutors say 35-year-old Felix Graves-Dardon, of North Plainfield, must serve nearly 63 years before he becomes eligible for parole under the sentence imposed Friday.

Graves-Dardon was found guilty in March of murder and a weapons offense in the 2102 slaying of 30-year-old Yadira Blaimayer-Ortiz. Prosecutors have said the Brooklyn resident was strangled and repeatedly stabbed in an attack that severed her jugular vein.

Police found Graves-Dardon wrapped in blood-soaked bedding in the basement of the apartment building where he sublet a bedroom. Officers found the victim’s body in an alley.

An attorney for Graves-Dardon has said that he was severely intoxicated that night and doesn’t remember what happened.

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