Man convicted of killing his married girlfriend, leaving body in SUV gets 42 years in prison

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PORTLAND, Maine — A New York City man who shot his married girlfriend and left her in an SUV where the body was found two months later was sentenced Wednesday to 42 years in prison.

Anthony Pratt Jr., 21, was convicted of murder last month in the death of 29-year-old Margarita Fisenko Scott. His lawyer vowed to appeal. Prosecutors say Pratt was angry that Scott was returning to her husband.

Police said Pratt returned to Queens after shooting Scott in the neck in November 2012. Her body was found by her husband more than two months later, in January 2013, in an SUV in a snow-covered motel parking lot in Portland.

The defense contended DNA evidence pointed to someone other than Pratt. His DNA was found on chewing gum used to plug a bullet hole in an apartment but not on the murder weapon.

Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese said she was pleased by the sentence.

"When a person is killed, murdered, as a victim of domestic violence, I am so pleased to see the court taking that as a significant aggravating factor," she told The Portland Press Herald. "It is important for people to know that they have the right to leave a relationship and do it safely, without being killed."

In court, family members spoke of their loss.

A cousin said she and Scott joined family members in the U.S. in 1997 after leaving their native Kazakhstan. "It was a day filled with hope and optimism for a new life. Unfortunately, Rita (Scott) was not able to fulfill that dream. Her life was taken from her," Rita Hillard, Scott's cousin, told the judge.

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