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MAYS LANDING, N.J. (CBS) — Ferdinand Augello has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of radio host April Kauffman. Augello was found guilty in October on murder, narcotics, racketeering and attempted murder charges.
April Kauffman was found shot inside her Linwood home in May 2012.
Augello will be eligible for parole after spending 55 years behind bars.
Atlantic County prosecutors say Augello and Kauffman’s husband, Dr. James Kauffman, wanted to stop her from exposing a drug ring allegedly run by the doctor and a motorcycle gang. Dr. Kauffman, who was also facing charges, was found dead in his jail cell in January.
Kauffman’s daughter delivered a victim impact statement during Wednesday’s hearing.
“I am so sad that anyone chose to partake into any endeavor with him that would ultimately lead to my mother’s demise. Her loss cannot be measured,” Kimberly Peck said. “Just because there is justice I don’t get to have her come back.”
Four co-defendants await their sentencings. A fifth is due in court Thursday.