SALEM — A New Jersey man says he dumped a woman's body in a wooded area after she died at his home.

Jose Sosa-Ayala pleaded guilty Tuesday to desecrating human remains as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors will recommend that the 41-year-old Bridgeton man receive a three-year prison term when he's sentenced April 7.

Authorities say Sosa-Ayala brought 19-year-old Danyelle Minerva to his home in October 2015. The Atco woman died during the night, and Sosa-Ayala wrapped her in a sheet and took her to Alloway Township in neighboring Salem County.

Minerva was soon reported missing by her family and her remains were found in January 2016. Authorities have not said what caused her death.

Sosa-Ayala, a citizen of Mexico, could be deported once he completes his prison sentence.

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