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Plainwell man sentenced in girlfriend's murder

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Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Gavel & Stryker, made from Cherry & Ash, sold to Whitney Hoffman. By KeithBurtis (Flickr: Gavel & Stryker) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

PLAINWELL (WKZO) -- A Plainwell man who murdered his girlfriend has been sentenced to 31 to 50 years in prison.  Their neighbors thought they were the perfect couple until the day when Amy Hartman was found strangled in her bedroom in Plainwell and Jeffrey Witt was arrested last April.

Monday, as part of a plea agreement, Witt pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and was given his prison sentence.  In a courtroom in Allegan, the 45-year-old read a statement at his sentencing, apologizing to Hartman’s family, saying that his life was falling apart at the time and he didn’t intend to kill her.  In exchange for the plea, open and felony murder charges were dropped.

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