Man gets 20 to 40 years for killing in Millersville dorm

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 27, 2016 12:00 PM

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(Lancaster) -- A man convicted of killing his girlfriend in her dorm room at a Pennsylvania university will spend 20 to 40 years in prison.

Wednesday's sentence was the maximum possible penalty for 21-year-old Gregory Orrostieta, who appeared before a Lancaster County judge.

He was convicted of third-degree murder in May for killing Millersville University freshman Karlie Hall in February 2015.

Orrostieta told authorities he got into a fight with the woman over spilled noodles, but claimed she had been drinking and fell and hit her head.

Prosecutors say he beat and strangled her.

Orrostieta was found trying to administer CPR to his girlfriend after calling 911, but authorities say he was faking that and she had been dead for hours.

The killing was the first at school in its 161-year history.

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