PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man accused of killing his girlfriend and putting her body in a freezer has pleaded no contest to the crime.
George Biegenwald, 58, will spend 20 to 40 years behind bars for the killing of Donna See last September.READ MORE: Pitt Panthers 'Peach Bowl Bound,' Playing Against Michigan State
Police say that after See’s head struck a dresser in Biegenwald’s Glenshaw home and she bled to death, he stuffed her body in a basement refrigerator and later buried her in the back yard.
Biegenwald reportedly told judge Jill Rangos that he is deeply sorry for what happened and that he should have stepped forward much sooner.READ MORE: Local Kids Battling Illness Featured In Nonprofit's Superhero Calendar
“He has extreme regret, and keep in mind, he wanted to make this clear, he had done all of those acts while he was drunk,” defense attorney Phil DiLucente said. “He has an alcohol problem, and he has regret.”
In addition to the sentence for See’s death, he also plead no contest to aggravated assault for the beating of Patricia Johnson and holding her hostage. Beigenwald received a five year sentence for that crime which will run concurrent with his 20 to 40 year sentence.
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