BANGOR — A judge has ordered a Maine man to serve 10 years in prison for killing his 49-year-old girlfriend.

Justice Ann Murray described David Coon of Bangor as “one of the genuinely remorseful people to stand before me” during the sentencing Tuesday. She also ordered him to serve four years of probation.

A police affidavit indicates Coon told investigators that he and the victim, Sherry Clifford, were on the floor in a tussle when he covered her mouth to keep her from screaming.

WZON-AM said the 51-year-old Coon, who has been highly emotional at previous proceedings, issued an apology before he was sentenced. He’d pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

After the hearing, several of Clifford’s family members said they couldn’t accept the apology. They said the apology and sentence won’t bring Clifford back.

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