N.J. man gets life in prison for strangling, murder of teenager Sarah Stern 06/21/2019 12:39 pm PDT Comments WPIX By Corey Crockett and Aliza Chasan, WPIX FREEHOLD, N.J. (WPIX) -- The man found guilty in the murder of Sarah Stern, a teenager who went missing in December 2016, has been sentenced to life in prison. Liam McAtasney, 21, of Neptune City, was sentenced to life without parole. Stern, 19, was killed in 2016. Liam McAtasney was found guilty of the murder back in February. Prosecutors said McAtasney strangled Stern with such force that he lifted her off the ground, and then watched for 30 minutes as she died in her home. Stern's body has not been found. Her car was left by a bridge to make it look as though she'd killed herself. The keys were still in the ignition. MORE: N.J. man gets life in prison for strangling, murder of teenager Sarah Stern - WPIX #NewJersey #WPIX Related Stories N.J. teen was killed after friends stole $7K: prosecutors Man found guilty of strangling N.J. teen, throwing her body off bridge Prosecutors: Murder suspect watched teen victim die for 30 minutes Police arrest 2 teens in presumed murder of missing girl, 19 Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.