N.J. man gets life in prison for strangling, murder of teenager Sarah Stern
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Monmouth County prosecutors allege that 21-year-old Liam McAtasney killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern during a December 2016 robbery. They showed jurors a secretly recorded conversation in which he discussed how he killed 19-year-old Sarah Stern in December 2

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.

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