Irishman faces 37 years for 'brutal' killing of his ex-lover
AN Irishman is facing up to 37 years in jail after admitting to the "brutal and senseless" killing of his ex-lover in New York.
Gary McGurk (24) pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Michelle Lee, a forensic investigator for police.
Her naked body was found in a pool of blood at her apartment in April 2009. She had been bound, stabbed in the neck and seared with a hot iron.
McGurk, originally from the Carrickmore area of Tyrone, pleaded guilty at Queens Supreme Court to first-degree manslaughter and tampering with evidence.
He faces between 29 and 37 years in jail when he is sentenced next month.
District Attorney Richard A Brown said it was "a brutal and senseless crime that abruptly cut short the life of a talented young woman with a bright and promising future".
McGurk is a son of one of two so-called IRA 'sleeping bombers' who were caught trying to blow up a British Army patrol in 1981. The family moved to America 14 years ago, and Gary McGurk met Ms Lee, who was 24, while studying forensics at college.
Her body was found at her apartment in the Queens area.
During police interviews, McGurk said he wasn't sure if he could handle a career as a forensic psychologist, stating that he found crime scene photos and cadavers "disturbing".
He said he and Ms Lee had dated for a while.