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Missouri man sentenced to life for killing girlfriend, dumping body

CLAYTON, Mo. — A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in a deserted suburban St. Louis field.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Ray Ellis also was sentenced Thursday to an additional 11 years for armed criminal action and evidence tampering. He’ll serve that after serving the life term for second-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Monica Sykes.

She disappeared in October 2016 in Berkeley. Ellis’ car was found burning a week later. But Sykes’ body wasn’t found until February 2017 in Kinloch.

Prosecutors say Ellis confessed to a friend that he killed Sykes and that he and his brother burned the car because her blood was in it.

Ellis’ defense lawyer said police arrested the wrong man.