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Mount Clemens — A Westland man was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the slaying of his girlfriend whose decomposed body was found concealed in a 55-gallon plastic drum.

Scott Wobbe earlier pleaded no contest to charges of first-degree murder and moving the remains of a body in the death of 22-year-old Theresa DeKeyzer.

By pleading no contest to the first-degree murder charge, Wobbe faced a mandatory life sentence without parole and lost an automatic right to an appeal he would have had if he had gone to trial.

"No sentence you give me could compare to the guilt and sorrow I feel in my heart... I accept any punishment..." Wobbe said in court Tuesday before Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mary Chrzanowski.

The 38-year-old man earlier said he didn't want to put his family or DeKeyzer's family through the pain of a trial.

"I'm so incredibly sorry to you and anyone else involved in this," Wobbe told the victim's family on Tuesday.

Many of DeKeyser's friends and family who packed the courtroom either scoffed or cried as Wobbe said he missed his girlfriend and thought about her daily.

"I love her and always will," he said. "I would do anything to have her back. Nothing she did or had ever done deserved this."

DeKeyzer's body was found sealed in concrete last September at a Plymouth Township storage site. The 22-year-old disappeared from Warren on June 16, 2014 — the day after authorities were called to her home for an alleged assault involving Wobbe, according to police records.

Wobbe was arrested July 2 for violating probation in the alleged assault. The probation stemmed from an earlier conviction for aggravated assault and drug charges that occurred in Midland County.

Weeks later, Wobbe was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping and disinterment of a body in connection with the death of DeKeyzer.

"Those three months felt like eternity," said Marie DeKeyser, whose hands shook as she spoke of her daughter on Tuesday. "Theresa lived and loved with everything she had."

For the family of DeKeyser, her killing was the sudden and tragic loss of a daughter, sister and friend, they said Tuesday.

"Now, we'll never have a full family photo. We'll never have another Christmas all together," said sister Leah DeKeyser, who spoke minutes before Wobbe was sentenced.

Theresa was known for her artistic ability, said her younger sister Michelle DeKeyzer. She wrote, painted and made jewelry.

The family said Theresa DeKeyser had things she was looking forward to including a music festival and a Hall & Oates concert. They attended the concert in her honor.

Staff writer Evan Carter contributed.

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