NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut man who killed a woman in her home and then set fire to the building in an attempt to cover up his crime has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

The New Haven Register (http://bit.ly/2snZNgB ) reports that 28-year-old Benjamin Carpenter was sentenced Monday for killing Jennifer Antonier in December 2016. The killing occurred either late Christmas Day or early on Dec. 26.

Carpenter was convicted two months ago of murder and second-degree arson.

Police say the 45-year-old Antonier, a rehabilitation counselor at a Yale psychiatric facility, was beaten and repeatedly stabbed in her throat and arms. Carpenter then set fire to the woman’s body as well as her Hamden home and her car. The two knew each other, and Carpenter maintained his innocence.


Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com