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Tompkins County Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Prison For Murdering His Girlfriend

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A Tompkins County man who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend on Thanksgiving last year has been sentenced to spend at least 22 years in state prison.

33-year-old Benjamin Cayea appeared in Tompkins County Court this morning where he was sentenced.

Cayea was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Shannon Jones in the couples Cayuga Heights apartment on Thanksgiving of last year.

Initially, Cayea admitted to killing the woman, but during his trial said her death resulted during consensual sexual contact between the couple.

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