Volusia man convicted in girlfriend's murder sentenced to life

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VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. —

The Volusia County man who was convicted of killing his girlfriend in 2011 was sentenced to life in prison on Friday.

Michael Annicchiarico pleaded no contest to second-degree murder in the death of Mandy Ciehanoski in mid-July.

Ciehanoski disappeared in February 2011 and her body has never been found.

As part of his plea deal, Annicchiarico agreed to show investigators where he dumped Ciehanoski's body. He led them to a wooded area in Flagler County, just north of Ormond Beach, but nothing was found.

Because authorities didn't locate the body, Annicchiarico faced life in prison instead of 15 to 50 years.

The victim's mother begged Judge Randell Rowe for a harsh sentence.

"I beg of you to give our family and her justice she and we all deserve," said Debra Ciehanoski.

Annicchiarico showed no emotion during his sentencing hearing. Shortly before 5 p.m., the judge handed down the sentence.