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UPDATE: Wisconsin man sentenced in girlfriend's killing

UPDATE: A Kenosha man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend, whose body was found in a car trunk in Chicago.

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Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 --- 5:34 p.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A Kenosha man has been sentenced to 32 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend, whose body was found in a car trunk in Chicago.

Forty-one-year-old Matthew McDowell was sentenced Monday in the death of 30-year-old Erin Ziemendorf of West Allis.

McDowell was arrested last year after Ziemendorf's body was found in a car near a Greyhound bus station in downtown Chicago.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1nh5foJ) reports McDowell pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.

According to the complaint, McDowell told police he put his hands around Ziemendorf's neck during an argument and heard a cracking sound. When McDowell realized she was dead, he put her body in a duffel bag, placed it in the trunk of her car and drove to Chicago.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 5:04 p.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Bond has been set at $350,000 for a Kenosha man charged with killing his girlfriend and leaving her body in a vehicle near a Greyhound bus station in Chicago.

Forty-year-old Matthew A. McDowell was charged Tuesday with first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse. If convicted, he faces life in prison.

The Kenosha News reports McDowell and his girlfriend, 30-year-old Erin Ziemondorf, argued over the weekend at his home in Kenosha. According to the criminal complaint, McDowell told police he put his hands around Ziemondorf's neck, heard a cracking sound and found she wasn't breathing.

He then loaded her body in her car, drove to Chicago, parked the vehicle and took the train back to Kenosha.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 11:50 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- A West Allis woman whose body was found in a vehicle near a Greyhound bus station in Chicago leaves behind a 5-year-old son.

Kenosha police have identified the woman as 30-year-old Erin Ziemondorf. WISN-TV reports a 40-year-old Kenosha man being held in her death is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

Ziemondorf's ex-husband says their son has not yet been told about his mother's death.

Kevin Masullo says his ex-wife was a good mother and one of the happiest people he'd ever met. He says it's going to be very tough to tell their son about her death.

An autopsy by the Cook County, Ill., medical examiner's office found Ziemendorf died of blunt neck trauma caused by an assault.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, October 28, 2013 --- 6:04 p.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Kenosha police say they've arrested a man in the death of a woman whose body was found in a vehicle near a Greyhound bus station in Chicago.

Authorities say the 40-year-old man and 30-year-old victim had been dating. Kenosha police turned to authorities in Chicago for help in locating the vehicle, found early Monday morning.

The Kenosha News reports the woman has been identified as 30-year-old Erin Ziemondorf of West Allis.

An autopsy by the Cook County, Ill., medical examiner's office determined Ziemendorf died due to blunt neck trauma caused by an assault.

The name of the man being held by Kenosha police has not been released.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Monday, October 28, 2013 --- 11:52 a.m.

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) -- Kenosha police say they've arrested a man in the death of a woman whose body was found in a vehicle near a Greyhound bus station in Chicago.

Authorities say the 40-year-old man and 30-year-old victim had been dating. Kenosha police turned to authorities in Chicago for help in locating the vehicle, found early Monday morning.

Officials have not identified the woman or said how she died.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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