WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – A Waterbury man was sentenced to over 50 years in prison on Monday for killing his girlfriend in 2018.

47-year-old Vernon Haynes was sentenced to serve 52 years in prison after violently killing his 44-year-old girlfriend Tahneisha Watts, according to the DOJ.

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Mugshot of Vernon Haynes. SOURCE: Waterbury Police Department)

According to Waterbury police, Watts was found inside her Matson Court home with several stab wounds to her neck.

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After murdering Watts, Hayne’s fled the scene in her car.

Police later issued a warrant charging Haynes with murder and he was apprehended by the New York Police Department shortly after.

Haynes also had a prior murder conviction from 1998 out of New York, police said.

Haynes is currently at Macdougall Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, officials said.