Man sentenced in death, dismemberment case is 70 years

ELIZABETH, N. J. – A New Jersey man convicted of killing his girlfriend and scattering her remains in at least two locations has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Union County prosecutors say that Matthew Ballister III, stabbed, beaten, and deliberately ran April Wyckoff, because he thought that she had an affair. He said that he accidentally ran into her in the course of a drug-induced hallucination.

Ballister was previously convicted of murder, hindering apprehension, desecrating human remains and other counts. The Union Township man was ordered Monday, at least 55 years in prison before being eligible for parole in October 2013, the death of April Wyckoff.

Some of Wyckoff’s remains were found in Newark, but the rest of her body was never found. Judge Stuart Peim called the case “particularly disgusting and barbaric.”

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