NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 26-year-old Connecticut man has been
sentenced to 44 years for killing a Yale graduate student days
before her wedding.
Raymond Clark III, a former animal research technician,
apologized Friday in New Haven Superior Court for the 2009 killing
of 24-year-old Annie Le (LAY) of Placerville, Calif.
Judge Roland Fasano told Clark he'd snuffed out the life of a
promising young woman and destroyed the lives of two families.
Clark pleaded guilty in March to murder and attempted sexual
assault under an agreement with prosecutors. The sexual assault
plea was entered under Connecticut's Alford doctrine, where the
defendant doesn't agree to the facts but agrees the state has
enough evidence to get a conviction.
Le's body was found behind a lab wall five days after she was
last seen. It would have been her wedding day.
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