URBANA, Ohio (WDTN) - An Ohio man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after the brutal murder and dismemberment of his ex-girlfriend.
"I can't bring her back or take away the pain but I am sorry." Matthew Puccio cried in the Champaign County courtroom after the judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 42 years.
Puccio admitted to stabbing Jessica Sacco, then suffocating her with a plastic bag hours later.
He later hacked her body to pieces with the help of several friends in an attempt to hide the crime.
"I do feel bad for what I did. Ms Sacco never deserved this. I was supposed to be the one to protect her and I couldn't do that," said Puccio.
Susan Traynor, Jessica's mother, doesn't buy Puccio's apology.
"I find him a narcissist. I find him an expert at knowing how to manipulate. He likes to tell stories that aren't true," she said.
Traynor brought Jessica's ashes to court with her and says the sentence gives her family a sense of closure.
"So many families, unfortunately, do not get this justice. We are just very, very lucky and realize how lucky we are that they were captured and we did get this justice."
Jessica would've turned 22 next week and her family plans to celebrate in order to keep her memory alive.
"We're going to get a really big cake and we'll probably celebrate it out in her garden and celebrate it probably like we would any other day and just remember how much she's missed," Traynor said.