Ohio Man Gets Life in Triple Murder, Dismemberment

Matthew Hoffman pleads guilty to 10 counts including rape, kidnapping
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 7, 2011 10:28 AM CST
Stephen Thompson, father of one of the victims, listens to the judge during Matthew Hoffman's arraignment in the Knox County Court of Common Pleas Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Mount Vernon, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
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(Newser) – Matthew Hoffman has received life without parole after pleading guilty in the murder and dismemberment of a woman, her son, and her friend, CNN reports. The Ohio man pleaded guilty to all 10 counts in the case, among them three counts of aggravated murder and the kidnapping and rape of victim Tina Herrmann's 13-year-old daughter, notes WSYX. The murders occurred during a burglary attempt, said defense attorneys.

“Death is too easy for him, and we would rather pay tax dollars and let him suffer and live and deal with what he did every day,” said the sister of one of the victims. Hoffman, a 30-year-old tree trimmer, hid the bodies in a hollow tree. The teen girl was rescued from his basement, where she was found bound and gagged. Click for more on the case.
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