NEW HAVEN - A 26-year-old Connecticut man has beensentenced to 44 years for killing a Yale graduate student daysbefore her Long Island wedding.

Raymond Clark III, a former animal research technician,apologized Friday in New Haven Superior Court for the 2009 killingof 24-year-old Annie Le of Placerville, Calif.

Judge Roland Fasano told Clark he'd snuffed out the life of apromising young woman and destroyed the lives of two families.

Clark pleaded guilty in March to murder and attempted sexualassault under an agreement with prosecutors. The sexual assaultplea was entered under Connecticut's Alford doctrine, where thedefendant doesn't admit to the crime but agrees the state hasenough evidence to get a conviction.

Le's body was found behind a lab wall five days after she waslast seen. It would have been her wedding day.AP wire services contributed to this reportYale killing suspect pleads guilty to murderWarrant: DNA links Yale suspect to victimFBI seizes items in Yale student's disappearance