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Updated: 4 of 5 sentenced in dismemberment case; last accomplice sentenced

Killer gets 42 years to life in prison

 

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URBANA — The man who admitted killing his ex-girlfriend will spend at least 42 years in prison and three of the four people who helped him dismember and hide the body also were sentenced Monday in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

Matthew Puccio, 26, admitted to stabbing Jessica Rae Sacco in the abdomen before suffocating her with a plastic bag in March. He then attempted to cover up the crime with the help of four people who were in the living room at the time of the murder — Christopher Wright, 37; Sharon Cook, 35; Kandis Forney, 25; and Andrew Forney, 26.

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All four have pleaded guilty and Judge Roger Wilson sentenced Mr. Forney to 10 years in prison, Mr. Wright to four years and Ms. Cook to three years.

Mrs. Forney was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday and ordered to forfeit her van, which was used to transport the victim's body.

She had pleaded guilty to single counts of failure to report a crime, complicity to tampering with evidence, and obstructing justice.

After the murder, the five defendants reportedly used a sword and knives to cut up Ms. Sacco’s body, taking periodic breaks to go to Speedway or McDonald’s. Over the course of the next seven days — a period during which Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio said any one of the four co-defendants had ample opportunity to report the heinous crime — they helped Mr. Puccio take the body parts to locations in southwestern Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Mr. Puccio’s sentence for the murder was life with the possibility of parole after 30 years, but he must also serve a consecutive 12-year sentence for felonious assault, tampering with evidence and two counts of abuse of a corpse. He also was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $5,048 restitution to the victim’s family.

He reportedly told investigators and newspaper reporters at least five different versions of what happened by the time the facts came out, Mr. Selvaggio said. He had previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was found competent to stand trial.

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