Ferdinand Augello continued to maintain his innocence when he was sentenced Wednesday. He was convicted in October on murder, conspiracy, racketeering and other counts in the 2012 shooting of April Kauffman.
Atlantic County prosecutors say Augello and the woman's husband, Dr. James Kauffman, wanted to stop her from exposing a drug ring allegedly run by the doctor and a motorcycle gang.
James Kauffman was found dead in his cell in January in an apparent suicide.
Defense attorney Mary Linehan and Augello questioned the reliability of Andrew Glick, the state's witnesses.
They said the state's evidence points to Glick, a former gang official turned informant.
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