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A man assaulted a woman more than 100 times, shot her in the stomach, tied her up, silenced her, and wrapped a plastic bag around her head before covering her with a sleeping bag. He then placed the body in a car and crashed into a pole

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A man struck a woman more than 100 times, shot her in the stomach, restrained her with zip ties, silenced her, and put a plastic bag over her head before covering her body with a sleeping bag.

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Benjamin Wilkins

Benjamin Wilkins, 43, was given a 75-year prison sentence for fatally beating and shooting Jacqueline Goodwin in Anchorage, Alaska. (KTUU)

A man struck a woman over 100 times, shot her in the stomach, and then restrained, silenced, and covered her before hiding the body in a car and causing a crash.

Cops in Alaska Police made the disturbing discovery in 2016 and accused Benjamin Wilkins of murder. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced Wilkins to 75 years in prison.

Anchorage police were involved in the incident on June 27, 2016. responded to the car accident in the 2800 block of Debarr Road close to Alaska Regional Hospital. Officers quickly realized Wilkins was impaired. While waiting for the tow truck, they noticed what seemed to be a passenger concealed under a sleeping bag and found the body of 30-year-old Jacqueline Goodwin. She had tool marks and bruises on her body and her teeth were broken, the Juneau Empire reported at the time. A medical examiner concluded that the cause of death was asphyxiation, blunt force trauma, and a gunshot wound to her stomach, as stated by the source.

According to the Anchorage Daily News, prosecutors revealed that medical examiners estimated Wilkins had struck Goodwin over 100 times.

Police discovered more startling details when they searched Wilkins’ residence. They found over 30 pounds of drugs including meth, heroin, and Xanax, and $125,000 in cash. Wilkins’ brother Connor Stefano reportedly assisted Wilkins in placing the body in the car. Stefano and their mother Jacqueline Stefano later admitted to hindering prosecution.

Superior Court Judge Andrew Peterson remarked during the sentencing hearing that the case is notable to him because of the “unimaginable level of cruelty,” the Daily News reported.

Prosecutors initially charged Wilkins with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and sexual assault, carrying a potential 99-year prison sentence. However, in November, Wilkins pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a sentence of up to 75 years in prison. He also did not have to testify against family members.

It’s not clear how Wilkins and Goodwin were acquainted, and prosecutors never determined a motive for the murder.

His lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Chong Yim, told the court that Wilkins’ family members might have killed Goodwin. But the judge rejected this claim.

“There’s simply nothing for me to look at here, or to even weigh in Mr. Wilkins’ favor,” Peterson said, according to local NBC affiliate KTUU.

Even hardened cops were shocked by the brutality of the crime. Officer Joshua Vance, a 12-year veteran of Anchorage police, was among the first on the scene and said the case has had a greater impact than any other.

“I don’t think, in my career, I’ve ever seen anything this bad,” Vance testified, according to KTUU. “I didn’t know how to react because it was something you just aren’t ready to see.”

Wilkins previously spent eight years in federal prison for aiming a gun at police in 2003. Prosecutors stated that he began selling drugs after his release from prison and the end of his parole.

At the funeral of Goodwin, her family talked about her as a cheerful child with a laugh that made others laugh too, KTUU reported. However, her behavior changed after her mother died when she was 13. Then, she became distant and started using drugs until she passed away. Her family mentioned that she also had schizophrenia, and her sister also passed away. Her family wishes that she is in a better place.

“She’s with her sister and her mom and she’s not hurting, she’s not alone, she’s not suffering, her health is better,” her aunt Cora Rexford said. “That’s the part we feel relieved about.”

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