August 16, 2011
ALFRED, Maine (AP) - A New Hampshire man is going to prison for 38 years for strangling a Maine nursing student.
Justice Arthur Brennan on Tuesday sentenced Jason Twardus of Rochester, N.H., who was convicted of murdering 30-year-old Kelly Gorham in 2007. Her body was buried on Twardus' father's land, in northern New Hampshire.
Prosecutors had asked for a 45-year sentence. The defense asked for a 30-year sentence, citing Twardus' lack of a criminal history.
Twardus and Gorham lived together for two years before she broke off their engagement about two months before her death.
She was living in Alfred, Maine, when she disappeared in August 2007. Her body was found a month later on property that belonged to Twardus' father in Stewartstown, N.H.
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