CAMDEN -- A man who pleaded guilty to his role in the death of a woman buried alive in a shallow New Jersey grave has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Judge's gavel (Photodisc, ThinkStock)

Camden County prosecutors said Friday that Ramon Ortiz was sentenced after pleading guilty last month to aggravated manslaughter. A co-defendant is scheduled to go on trial for murder in September.

The charges stem from the May 2014 death of 41-year-old Camden resident Fatima Perez. Authorities say her mouth and eyes were covered with duct tape before she was buried.

Prosecutors say Ortiz's co-defendant was giving Perez a ride to buy a car. Her family says she was carrying about $8,000 when she disappeared.

Her body was found two days after she was reported missing.

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