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Kenosha man sentenced to 32 years prison for girlfriend's murder

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - A Kenosha man will spend 32 years in prison for killing his girlfriend, and then driving to Chicago where he left the victim's body in the trunk.

41-year-old Matthew McDowell must also spend 11 years under extended supervision once he gets out.

He was sentenced Monday in Kenosha County Circuit Court for the death of 30-year-old Erin Ziemendorf of West Allis last October.

McDowell told police he accidentally killed Ziemendorf by putting his hands around her neck. He said he heard a cracking sound -- and when he realized his girlfriend was dead, he placed her body in a duffel bag, drove it to Chicago, and left the body and the vehicle at a bus station near the city's downtown Loop.

Officials said the argument was about money, their relationship, and an impending trip to Hawaii.

McDowell pleaded guilty to charges of reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)