Updated 07/03/2012 03:51 PM
Handel sentenced to 27 2/3 years to life for murder, evidence tampering
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GOSHEN, N.Y. -- The Orange County man convicted of killing the mother of his children could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Timothy Handel was sentenced to 27 and two thirds years to life in prison for the death of Kathleen Connolly.
Handel was convicted in May of second-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence.
The prosecution said Handel strangled Connolly, then buried her remains in the yard of his home in New Windsor after learning she had a new boyfriend.
Police found Connolly's body in August of 2011 after she was reported missing a month earlier.
The DA said the judge imposed the maximum sentence.
Chief Trail Assistant District Attorney-John Geidel said, "We put him away for as long as possible. Hopefully he will remain and the parole board down the road will not release him after 27 and 2/3 years. He will stay in even longer than that. But obviously he will have true justice when he meets his maker. That's the best we can do in the State of New York."
Handel received 25 years to life on the second-degree murder charge, plus a consecutive one and one-third to four years on each of the two evidence-tampering charges, for a total of 27 and two thirds years to life in prison.