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Maryland Man Sentenced to Life in Murder of Ex-Girlfriend

Evidence at trial showed that Andrew Kugler, depressed from his breakup with Schinault, crawled through a basement window and killed his ex-girlfriend

A Maryland man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in her own home.

The victim, Amber Schinault, had obtained a protective order against Andrew Kugler after a dispute in June 2012.

She was found dead in the basement of her Berwyn Heights home on July 22, 2012. Her throat had been slashed.

Kugler was found guilty of her murder in May.

He had been arrested less than a day after Schinault's body was found. Police found him at the College Park Metro station, with his wrists slit. Kugler was treated at a hospital and was later taken to jail.

Evidence at trial showed that Kugler, depressed from his breakup with Schinault, crawled through a basement window and killed her.

"The breakup of a relationship can be a difficult thing but there is absolutely no excuse for Mr. Kugler's violent response," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said when Kugler was found guilty.

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