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St. Paul man sentenced to life in prison for murder of ex-girlfriend

Zachery Matthews was sentence to life in prison without parole on Wednesday for the Dec. 19 murder of his ex-girlfriend, reported The Pioneer Press.

Hennepin County District Judge Lloyd Zimmerman sentenced Matthews in the murder of Kristine Larson, 19, of St. Paul Park, by stating "you will never see the light of day," reported The Star Tribune.

Matthews hung a noose and strangled Larson in his apartment in front of their almost 2-year-old son because she was 30 minutes late to pick him up for a Christmas charity event. Larson had also recently broken up with Matthews and began seeing another man.

Matthews then took the body, put it in a car in an alleyway and lit fire to the interior to try and destroy evidence of the murder.

Larson's mother, Deb Tilson, said that the murder was the culmination of three years of abuse and is glad that her grandson will never know his father.

Matthews was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder, and one count of interference with a dead body.