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Ohio man pleads guilty to gruesome murders, gets life in prison

by Jorge Hernandez on January 7, 2011

Matthew Hoffman, a 30-year-old Ohio man, plead guilty to 10 felonies, including the kidnapping and raping of a 13-year-old girl as well as three counts of aggravated murder. He is now facing life in prison without parole.

Hoffman, an ex-convict and unemployed tree trimmer, allegedly entered the the home of the Herrmann family on November 10 during a burglary. He then reportedly stabbed and dismembered the bodies of Tina Herrmann, 32, her son Kody Maynard, 11, and family friend Stephanie Sprang, 41, and disposed of their remains in the hollow of a tree.

Herrmann's 13-year-old daughter was later found bound and gagged in Hoffman's basement. Hoffman is accused of kidnapping and raping the girl.

Hoffman allegedly was attempting to perform a burglary on the home and was surprised by Herrmann and Sprang. He killed them and the family dog, and when Kody and his sister arrived home from school, he attacked them as well, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

"I think Matthew purposely was trying to scare me and my family, but I'm not scared of you, Matthew. I'm going to stand up for myself and live my life. Matthew, I want you to know that you will never be forgiven by me," wrote the girl in a statement that was read aloud during the hearing, according to the news source.

Tina Herrmann's manager first gained notice of her absence when she failed to show up to work for two days in a row. He came to her home and discovered blood. When authorities were alerted, Hoffman allegedly volunteered information regarding the whereabouts of the body, the Herald Sun reports.

The bodies were located in a wildlife preserve inside a tree on November 18, cut up and stuffed into garbage bags, the BBC reports.

Hoffman had previously been jailed in Colorado on counts of arson, according to the news source.

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