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NY man convicted of murder in woman's killing

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - A man has been convicted of stabbing a Long Island woman to death before mutilating her body and setting it on fire.

Evans Ganthier was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Rebecca Koster.

He faces 25 years to life in prison when he's sentenced on Sept. 30.

Newsday says Ganthier told the judge he wanted to challenge the verdict. His lawyer declined to comment outside court.

Koster's burning remains were discovered in Connecticut on Dec. 4, 2009.

She met the defendant at a Long Island bar.

Prosecutors say Ganthier cut off her fingers, toes, hair and a tattoo on her back after fatally stabbing her and then taking the body by ferry to Connecticut where he set it on fire.


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