- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

YORK, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina man is appealing his conviction and sentence days after admitting to his girlfriend’s death.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports (https://bit.ly/2bZYN5S ) Saturday that the appeal gives no details about why 23-year-old John Coddington is appealing his case.

Coddington pleaded guilty last month to murder in the death of 32-year-old Tiffany Williams and was sentenced to 45 years in prison as part of a plea deal.

Coddington, who first met Williams online, admitted to beating her in their apartment in December 2015 and watching her die.

Prosecutors say days later, Coddington tried to cover up the crime by burning Williams’ body in Chester County. They say he also burned her clothes and personal belongings.

Prosecutors say they’re confident the conviction will stand.

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Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com

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