NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A Woodbridge man today was sentenced to 27 years in prison for fatally beating his wife in their home three years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement.

Vito Nigro, 46, of the Colonia section of Woodbridge, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Carey said.

On Dec. 3, 2018, Nigro admitted to bludgeoning his wife, Giorgina Nigro, 32, in their Devon Road home on July 22, 2015, the prosecutor said.

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The Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Giorgina Nigro died from blunt force and sharp force trauma.

In exchange for Nigro's guilty plea, Middlesex County assistant prosecutors Scott Lamountain and Kirsten Fochtman, who handled the case, agreed to recommend the 27-year sentence.

The charge of murder carries a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison.

Nigro must also pay $8,000 in restitution to the family of Giorgina Nigro, and upon his release from prison he must serve 5 years parole supervision, Carey said.

He said Woodbridge police Detective Andrew Kondracki of the Woodbridge Police Department and Detective Craig Marchak of the prosecutor’s office investigated the killing that led to Nigro's arrest.