A former animal research technician was sentenced Friday to 44 years in prison for killing a Yale University graduate student days before her wedding in 2009 after anguished relatives described how plans to celebrate her marriage suddenly turned to unimaginable grief as they returned home with her in a coffin.
Raymond Clark III, 26, apologized in New Haven Superior Court for strangling 24-year-old Annie Le of Placerville, Calif. Her body was found upside down stuffed in a wall of a research lab on Sept. 13, 2009, her wedding day and five days after she was last seen inside the Yale medical building. “Annie was and will always be a wonderful person, by far a better person that I will ever be in my life,” Clark said. “I’m sorry I lied. I’m sorry I ruined lives and I’m sorry for taking Annie Le’s life.”