Jermaine Benjamin (left) and Ray Ellis (Photos supplied/Berkeley Police Department)

Boyfriend of Monica Sykes Sentenced To Life in Prison For Murder

Even if paroled, Ellis will remain in prison for a while longer

November 09, 2018 - 8:49 am

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in a deserted suburban St. Louis field.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 29-year-old Ray Ellis also was sentenced Thursday to an additional 11 years for armed criminal action and evidence tampering. He'll serve that after serving the life term for second-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Monica Sykes.

She disappeared in October 2016 in Berkeley. Ellis' car was found burning a week later. But Sykes' body wasn't found until February 2017 in Kinloch.

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Prosecutors say Ellis confessed to a friend that he killed Sykes and that he and his brother, Jermaine Benjamin, burned the car because her blood was in it.

Ellis' defense lawyer said police arrested the wrong man.

Benjamin was sentenced to four years in prison for tampering with evidence for his role in burning the Cadillac.

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The story of Sykes' murder made national headlines