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New Jersey Man Guilty Of Third Degree Murder After Pushing Ex-Girlfriend Out Of Pickup Truck

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A New Jersey man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the March 2012 death of his ex-girlfriend.

According to the Daily Mail, Michael Morrone was convicted on Wednesday of third degree murder in the death of Christine McGhee, who was left in a vegetative state after a December 2008.

McGhee, 23, who was a Kutztown University sophomore, was drunk at a party when she called her ex-boyfriend, Morrone, to come pick her up.

Witnesses saw that the two were arguing as they left the party, WFMZ reports.

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Morrone said he pushed her out of his pickup truck and threw her cellphone and bag after her.

McGhee was on the running board when Morrone accelerated on purpose, causing her to fly off and hit her head.

Morrone had full knowledge that she was hurt but he decided to leave the scene with the intention of getting rid of McGhee, and not just drive home, the prosecution argued.

The prosecutor said Morrone was angry because McGhee did not want to have sex with him when he arrived at the party, The Morning Call reported.

McGhee suffered a broken jaw and was left in a vegetative state following the incident and died in March 2012.

The coroner determined that her death came as a result of brain injuries from the incident more than three years earlier.

Morrone, now 26, was convicted in 2010 of aggravated assault in conjunction with the incident, but now with her death prosecutors were able to charge him for murder.

He has already been in jail for four years.

In the sentencing portion of the trial he made a statement: “Over the past four years, I’ve had a lot of time to think. Not a day goes by I don’t think about it. I really wish I would have handled things differently that night. I do want to apologize to Christine’s family. I really am sorry. You guys don’t deserve that and neither does my family.”

Morrone has been sentenced to spend between eight and 20 years in prison.