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Man who killed Schenectady ex-nun to be sentenced this morning

Man who killed Schenectady ex-nun to be sentenced this morning

The man who admitted to killing former nun Mary Greco is scheduled to be sentenced this morning at a

The man who admitted to killing former nun Mary Greco is scheduled to be sentenced this morning at a proceeding where as many as five victim impact statements are expected.

Michael Briggs, 38, faces an agreed upon sentence of 30 years to life in state prison for Greco's December 2012 killing.

Briggs pleaded guilty just prior to trial in March to second-degree murder and attempted burglary.

Greco's body was discovered in her Stanford Street apartment Jan. 1, 2013. Prosecutors credited excellent police work in bringing the case to closure.

Attorneys cited overwhelming circumstantial evidence of Briggs' guilt.

Briggs ' DNA and fingerprints were found at multiple points inside the victim's apartment.

There was also other evidence, including video from the county's street surveillance cameras of a man believed to be Briggs walking in the direction of Greco's home at 1402 Stanford St. with a shovel just before authorities believe she was killed.

The case was expected to include the presence of Briggs ' DNA in Greco's house, including on a blanket in which her body was wrapped.

His DNA was also discovered in her car, which was found parked two blocks from his apartment. Also inside was a cellphone linked to him, Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney said previously.

The sentencing was delayed more than two months after Briggs tried to take back his plea. Judge Karen Drago rejected that bid earlier this month, setting the sentencing for this morning.

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