DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole after pleading guilty to kidnapping and killing his estranged girlfriend, whose body was found in a New Jersey creek.
Fifty-two-year-old Kenneth Patterson was scheduled to go on trial Monday in Bucks County Court but instead accepted a plea bargain in the death of 48-year-old Diane Corado.
The Bucks County Courier Times says Patterson was also sentenced to a consecutive 32½ to 65 years on convictions of kidnapping, burglary and other charges.
Prosecutors said the Falls Township nurse was alive and tied up when Patterson tossed her off a Camden, N.J. bridge in December 2010.
Patterson read a statement to relatives of the victim saying “No words can convey the horror of my actions.”