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Man suffocated girlfriend after deliberate crash into guardrail at 115 mph

Pennsylvania man suffocated girlfriend who survived intentional crash
Pennsylvania man suffocated girlfriend who survived intentional crash
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A man who suffocated his girlfriend after a deliberate crash will serve 28 to 56 years in prison after police learned that he intentionally crashed a 1986 Toyota Celica into the end of a guardrail at an estimated speed of 115 mph in the middle of the night. Lancaster Online's report revealed that Benjamin Klinger, 21, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges and was sentenced Friday.

"I accept full responsibility for the loss of a very special person," Klinger said of his murdered girlfriend, 17-year-old Samantha "Sammi" Heller. The assistant district attorney in the case told the court that on the morning of Dec. 4, 2012, Klinger was speeding when he crashed the car. Investigators found no evidence of braking.

The Inquisitr reports that an autopsy was performed, and Heller's cause of death was said to be from trauma suffered in the accident as well as asphyxia. The evidence made it clear that she was deliberately suffocated to death at the hands of her boyfriend after he intentionally crashed the car. Following this information, police filed murder and other charges against Klinger for the death of Sammi Heller.

At first glance, this appeared to be simply another tragic vehicle accident,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman told the Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era back in 2012. “However, the police worked hand-in-hand with our forensic experts and saw this was far more complicated, sinister and certainly criminal.”