PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A 47-year-old Philadelphia man has been convicted in a twisted case of first-degree murder in which the victim was buried in a shallow grave by her boyfriend in the New Jersey Pinelands in 2005.

The grave was discovered by chance nearly a year later.

Philadelphia prosecutor Gail Fairman says the jury apparently agreed with the prosecution argument that Glenn Hansen killed his 27-year-old girlfriend, Taneke Daniels, to silence her.

“He was upset that she was testifying about the simple assault he committed against her where he put her in the hospital emergency room. He was upset that she was trying to extort money in exchange for not testifying, and he killed her. He put a pillow over her head and smothered her until she stopped screaming,” says Fairman.

Hansen now faces an automatic life sentence.

“I’m just glad it’s over and I’m just glad he got his just due,” said the victim’s mother Tuesday. “That’s all I can say. I am just glad.”

A key witness was Hansen’s sister, who says her brother confessed to her, admitting he had sex with the victim after he killed her.

Hansen had previously served time for assaulting his sister.

Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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