Pa. man pleads guilty, gets life in woman’s murder

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.”


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