New York City

Man Gets Prison for Killing Grandmother, Keeping Her Corpse

A Queens man has been sentenced to five to 15 years in prison for strangling his grandmother and keeping her corpse wrapped in plastic bags inside her home for five months.

Prosecutors say 31-year-old Christopher Fuhrer was sentenced on Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the strangulation death of 85-year-old Erika Kraus-Brelin.

The medical examiner's office said the elderly woman died of "homicidal asphyxia, including neck compression."

Fuhrer was arrested in October of last year on improper burial and other charges. Police say he told them he wrapped her body in bags and used air fresheners and a fan to mask the smell of decomposition.

Authorities say Fuhrer feared he'd become homeless after she died.

A message left with his attorney wasn't immediately returned.

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