A southern New Jersey man who killed his longtime girlfriend in her home last summer has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.

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William White of Camden must serve nearly 18 years of the sentence imposed Wednesday before becoming eligible for parole.

The 60-year-old White pleaded guilty in March to aggravated manslaughter in the June 2012 death of 49-year-old Alma Brito-Reyes, The couple had been in a relationship for 15 years, but she was breaking up with him and her relatives claimed White had threatened to kill her if she left him.

White admitted hitting Brito-Reyes with a handgun and choking her. He then used her bank card to withdraw $500 before fleeing the state.

White was arrested a few weeks later at a homeless assistance center in Homestead, Fla.

 

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