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NJ SARAH STERN: Missing from Neptune, NJ - 2 December 2016 - Age 19 *L. McATASNEY GUILTY*

Discussion in 'Missing 2015 to Present' started by Akoya, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Guilty verdict in New Jersey trial of man accused in classmate's murder

    A man accused of murdering a former high school classmate and throwing her body off of a bridge in New Jersey has been found guilty.

    WABC-TV reports, Liam McAtasney was convicted of strangling 19-year-old Sarah Stern in her Neptune City home before disposing of her body in the Shark River in Belmar.

    The defense had claimed there was no physical evidence to support the accusations against McAtasney, who told a judge last week that he would not testify on his own behalf.

    (Now, I hope Sarah can rest peacefully with her Mom!)
     
  2. Summer_breeze

    Summer_breeze Blowing through the Jasmine in my mind

    Sarah Stern murder: 'It seems like there's no resolution' says dad

    https://www.app.com/story/news/loca...ike-theres-no-resolution-says-dad/3686736002/
    Kathleen Hopkins, Asbury Park PressPublished 5:00 a.m. ET May 17, 2019

    NEPTUNE CITY - Michael Stern had hoped by now to be past the cause of his daughter’s death and instead focusing on what she accomplished in her life.

    But there’s been an impediment to moving on — Sarah Stern’s killer is still awaiting punishment.

    Liam McAtasney, who was Sarah’s friend since childhood, was supposed to be sentenced for her murder and related crimes on May 24, but now his sentencing has been adjourned so that the judge who is presiding over the case can consider a motion for a new trial.
     
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  3. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    So, wait, he's been found guilty. Isn't a motion to appeal done after sentencing?
     
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  4. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    It’s different in each state
     
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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    If You Love True Crime, Then You Need to Watch ‘The Betrayal of Sarah Stern’

    Gather round, true-crime fans, because we have a story that you absolutely need to hear—and watch. It involves a young woman, an abandoned car, a huge chunk of money, and ultimately, a disturbing confession captured on video.


    Tonight, NBC’s Dateline will air a two-hour special episode, “The Betrayal of Sarah Stern,” that looks into the twists and turns of the impossible-to-believe true-crime story.

    https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a27481232/sarah-stern-murder-nbc-dateline/



    This aired on May 17. You may be able to watch it here: https://www.nbc.com/dateline/video/the-betrayal-of-sarah-stern/3955652
     
  6. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    The man convicted of killing 19-year-old Sarah Stern will not be granted a new trial after a Superior Court judge on Friday rejected his argument that the verdict was a "miscarriage of justice," the Asbury Park Press is reporting.

    Sentencing for Liam McAtasney, who in February was found guilty of the robbery and murder of his Neptune City friend in December 2016, had been scheduled for today but the sentencing was postponed after his attorney sought to throw out the verdict.

    The 21-year-old faces life in prison when he is sentenced 9 a.m. June 14.

    No New Trial
     
  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'll never ever understand these people who walk among us who can plan a murder for months in advance. I mean, do they think about it everyday? Do they talk to other human beings and not care about a soul? It's scary, it's very scary.
     
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm going to try to find this on YouTube tonight.
     
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  9. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

     
  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I just watched it. It makes me feel so sad! I want so badly to go back in time and warn her about what's going to happen. I still just can't believe they did that to her and they had no remorse whatsoever. Not one bit.
     
  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sarah Stern murder: 'Sarah's death just haunts me,' dad says as killer's sentencing looms

    McAtasney, 21, of Neptune City, is expected to stand before a judge Friday to be sentenced for the strangulation murder of his former high school classmate and longtime friend.

    When he does, Superior Court Judge Richard W. English has no choice but to sentence McAtasney to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Under the law, the fact that a jury found McAtasney killed Stern in the course of a robbery mandates that he be imprisoned for life.

    That suits Michael Stern just fine, but it offers him little consolation.

    “That’s what he should get," Michael Stern said of the life prison term his daughter’s killer faces. “He shouldn’t get any less, that’s for sure.

    “I will feel that there is some justice, but other than that, it doesn’t bring Sarah back and it doesn’t make me feel any better," Michael Stern said.

    “Sarah’s death just haunts me," he said. “It’s a horrible feeling."

    Michael Stern, who expressed dismay that the sentencing of his daughter’s killer has been postponed several times since then, said he will be in court Friday with Sarah’s friends and relatives, some of whom will be wearing her favorite color, purple, and wristbands made by her childhood friend, Carly Draper.

    Michael Stern said he plans to address the judge. But, he said he has nothing to say to the man who took the life of his only child.

    “No, not a word," he said.

    McAtasney’s attorney, Carlos Diaz-Cobo, said he’s unsure whether his client will have anything to say to the judge or the victim’s family before he is sentenced.

    But, Michael Stern said, “I don’t want to hear anything from him — not a thing."

    Asked if he could ever forgive McAtasney, the bereaved father said, “Absolutely not."

    Michael Stern said he just wants the court case to be over with.

    “It still won’t make things right," he said. “It won’t make me feel any better, but I won’t have to be consumed by this as I have for the last 2½ years.

    https://www.app.com/story/news/2019...-dad-her-killers-sentencing-looms/1446602001/
     
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  12. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Sarah Stern murder: Killer McAtasney sentenced to spend his life in prison

    Liam McAtasney, the Neptune City man who strangled childhood friend Sarah Stern and threw her body off a bridge in a robbery that netted $10,000, on Friday was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison.

    Superior Court Judge Richard W. English sentenced the 21-year-old to life in prison without the possibility of release on parole for Stern’s murder — a mystery that captivated the nation since the 19-year-old budding artist from Neptune City vanished without a trace on Dec. 2, 2016.

    In addition to the life term, the judge imposed a consecutive 10-year term on McAtasney for disposing of the victim’s body, which English said devastated Michael Stern further.

    https://www.app.com/story/news/2019...y-sentenced-spend-his-life-prison/1461596001/
     
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