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Binghamton man gets life in prison for murder of estranged wife and her friend in 2013


BINGHAMTON, New York — A 40-year-old Binghamton man has been sentenced to life in prison for the killings of his estranged wife and her male friend.

The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reports ( ) that the judge called Aaron Powell a "cold-blooded killer" as he handed down the sentence Wednesday.

Powell was convicted in July on counts of first- and second-degree murder for the March 2013 deaths of 35-year-old Christina Powell and 24-year-old Mario Masciarelli inside her town of Binghamton home.

Authorities say Christina Powell was strangled with an electrical cord and Masciarelli was beaten.

Powell was arrested in Pennsylvania several days after the victims' bodies were found.

The life sentence is for first-degree murder. He also was sentenced to consecutive penalties of 25 years to life on two second-degree murder charges.

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