A man convicted of killing his girlfriend and keeping her body in storage for 14 years was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison.
George Geddes Jr., who was convicted three weeks ago of intentionally murdering Margaret "Peggy" Reome in 1990, stood motionless and staring straight ahead as Onondaga County Court Judge Anthony Aloi pronounced the maximum sentence for second-degree murder.
The 31-year-old Reome, a mother of three, was living with Geddes in the Syracuse suburb of Mattydale before she was reported missing by her daughter, Jerilyn, in February 1990. That report came just two weeks after Geddes was arrested in connection with the rape of Jerilyn.
Reome's remains were found a year ago wrapped in a blanket inside a trunk at a rented self-storage shed. An autopsy determined she died from severe trauma to the head.
The defense argued Geddes, 47, accidentally killed Reome at their apartment.
Attorney Richard Marris contended Reome was threatening Geddes and his 8-year-old son with a knife when Geddes pushed her and she fell, striking her head. Marris said Geddes hid the body out of fear.