Man sentenced to 30 years in romantic rival's slaying

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to three decades in prison in the murder of a romantic rival whose remains were found last year dumped in a remote area of New Jersey.

Ocean County prosecutors said 27-year-old Alan McGinnis of Jackson will be required to serve the entire 30-year sentence imposed Friday without possibility of parole.

McGinnis pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in December in the death of 20-year-old Cody MacPherson. Prosecutors say both men were in relationships with the same woman.

Authorities said McGinnis stabbed MacPherson in September 2017 in Pemberton Township, put the body in the trunk of a vehicle and dumped it in a wooded area in Jackson.

The remains were found in March by the state forest fire service during a controlled burn in the area.

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