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Man pleads guilty, sentenced in Berks' 1st homicide of 2017

Nicole Monderewicz died days after 28th birthday

READING, Pa. - A Berks County man could spend the next two decades behind bars for the murder of his fiancée.

Ryan Schaeffer was sentenced Wednesday to eight to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to third-degree murder in the death of Nicole Monderewicz.

Monderewicz died of head injuries after a struggle the couple had inside their home on Friedensburg Road in Lower Alsace Township on January 5, less than a week after her 28th birthday.

Her death was Berks County's first homicide of 2017.

The couple's two children, who were ages 1 and 3 at the time, were not physically harmed.

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