State appeals court upholds murder conviction
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A state appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Syracuse man who was found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend.
James Guilford is serving a 25 year to life sentence for the 2008 murder of Sharon Nugent. Guilford originally confessed to bludgeoning her to death before disposing of her body in a dumpster behind apartments on East Fayette Street, but he later changed his story.
Guilford's attorney attempted to have the confession suppressed, largely due to the lengthy 49 hour interrogation that led up to the admission. Three of the five appellate judges agreed with the judge's decision to allow the confession to be used as evidence in the trial.