NJ man sentenced to 25 years to life in NY prison for 12-year-old baby sitter’s murder

NJ man gets 25 years to life in baby sitter murder

NORWICH, N.Y. — A New Jersey man is headed to prison after a GPS system secretly installed by his suspicious wife helped convict him of intentionally running over a 12-year-old baby sitter.

George Ford Jr. of Piscataway has been sentenced to 25 years to life. He admitted during his sentencing that he killed 12-year-old Shyanne Somers in July 2007, but told a judge Thursday that it was an accident and not murder.

The judge found the 44-year-old Ford guilty of second-degree murder after a non-jury trial in February.

Prosecutors said Ford was high on cocaine when he hit Shyanne with his pickup truck to stop her from talking about what happened during the more than three hours he spent alone with the girl behind an abandoned farmhouse.

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