PJessica Rae Sacco, 21, murdered, BF Matthew Puccio, 25 stabbed her, placed a bag over her head, suffocated her & dismembered her, 4 friends helped him/Puccio sentenced to life, friends sentenced to prison

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Post by Praying For Faith on Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:19 pm

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Police: Urbana Woman’s Slaying Was ‘Heat Of The Moment’
Monday April 2, 2012 1:48 AM
UPDATED: Monday April 2, 2012 9:02 PM

URBANA, Ohio - A Michigan couple authorities said were connected to the killing and dismemberment of an Urbana woman had recently met the victim and her on-again, off-again boyfriend on the Internet and had moved in with them, authorities said.

Remains belonging to Jessica Rae Sacco, 21, were found Friday in her apartment in Urbana in western Ohio. Police say boyfriend Matthew Puccio, 25, stabbed her, placed a bag over her head and suffocated her. She was then dismembered, with some body parts found miles away in Kentucky.

Watching the killing or helping dispose of some of the remains were Andrew Forney, 26, and his wife, Kandis Forney, 25, both of Fenton, Mich., along with a third couple from Urbana, police said.

All five people were arrested in connection with the slaying, ONN’s Denise Alex reported.

Urbana Police Chief Matt Lingrell said Monday that Puccio and Sacco met the Forneys on the Internet, but the police chief wouldn't be more specific. He said the couples had known each other only a short time before the Forneys moved into the Urbana apartment about a month ago.

Lingrell said it wasn't clear how Puccio and Sacco knew the Ohio couple - Christopher Wright, 37, and Sharon Cook, 25, also from Urbana - but all five suspects were only recently acquainted.

"They're just loose friends," the police chief said.

Police would not discuss a motive for the killing, which they believe occurred around March 22.

Police allege the Forneys, Wright and Cook were in the apartment when Sacco was killed but failed to intervene. Police say Puccio and Andrew Forney moved Sacco's body to the bathtub and dismembered it.

“It’s one thing when you hear about it happening down the road or something,” neighbor Aaron Gall said. “When it’s right next to you, I mean, you fear for the people you live with.”

A wall separates Gall’s home from Sacco’s on West Light Street, Alex reported.

Investigators said that they believed Puccio, 25, stabbed Sacco, 21, around March 22, suffocated her with a bag, dismembered her body in a bathtub and with the help of others and transported some of her body parts to other locations.

Body parts were found in Hamilton, Ohio and Covington, Ky.

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Post by raine1953 on Wed May 22, 2013 2:23 am

URBANA, Ohio -- A man who pleaded guilty to stabbing, suffocating and dismembering his girlfriend has been sentenced to life in prison and must serve at least 42 years before being eligible for parole.

Matthew Puccio, who was sentenced Monday in Champaign County Common Pleas Court, pleaded guilty last month to aggravated murder in the death of Jessica Rae Sacco along with other charges including felonious assault, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The remains of Sacco, 21, were found in the bathtub of their apartment in Urbana, in western Ohio, in late March.

Authorities said Puccio, 26, stabbed Sacco in the abdomen in an argument and suffocated her hours later with a plastic bag. Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio said in court that Sacco fought Puccio off at first but Puccio wrapped a second bag around her face.

The prosecutor also said Puccio enlisted the help of four friends to help in covering up the crime by dismembering the body and helping him dispose of limbs in southern Ohio and northern Kentucky. The two men and two women also have pleaded guilty to charges in the case and were sentenced on counts including obstructing justice, gross abuse of a corpse and complicity to tampering with evidence, with sentences ranging from three years to 10 years.

Puccio told the judge before his sentencing that he loved Sacco. The Dayton Daily News reported that when the judge asked how he could "kill and butcher" someone he loved, he replied: "That's what I'm still trying to figure out."

Sacco's mother, Susan Taynor, was in the courtroom on Monday, holding her daughter's ashes in a red velvet bag in her lap.

Taynor said after the sentencing that she believes Puccio is "an expert in knowing how to manipulate," the Urbana Daily Citizen reported.

During the investigation, Selvaggio said Puccio gave at least five versions of what happened to Sacco before he finally told authorities the truth. Selvaggio said that Puccio initially denied the killing, saying Sacco had kicked him out of the house. Other versions included the claim that he killed her in self-defense after she assaulted him and that he didn't mean to dismember her.

In media interviews, Puccio said he met Sacco through Facebook while he was living in Texas, they moved in together in Urbana and they argued often. He also said Sacco begged him to kill her after he confronted her about text messages she'd sent saying she wanted him dead.

Puccio originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but changed his plea after he was found competent to stand trial.
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