NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - A 32-year-old man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend inside her Buffalo-area home last fall by slashing her throat and hitting her in the head with a sledgehammer.
Brian Lowry pleaded guilty Thursday in state Supreme Court in Niagara County to second-degree murder in the killing of 34-year-old Heather Rylowicz last November.
Authorities say her body was found in her North Tonawanda home on Nov. 21 but she was killed earlier that month shortly after Lowry was released from jail in neighboring Erie County, where he faced a drug charge.
Psychiatric examiners determined Lowry had personality disorders and heard voices in his head.
In exchange for his plea, Lowry will be sentenced on May 30 to 15 years to life in prison.
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