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Vineland man convicted of woman’s murder, desecrating body

A Vineland man was found guilty of murdering a woman and desecrating her remains this week.

“I tortured her,” Dennis Parrish allegedly told investigators, according to the affidavit.

Tonya Cook, 32, died of blunt-force trauma inside Parrish’s home, jurors were told. He then drove the remains to a farm field in Cedarville, Lawrence Township, where he set the remains on fire.

Her body was found July 2, 2018.

Parrish was arrested 10 days later at an Absecon hotel, first charged with the desecration and moving of Cook’s remains.

The 56-year-old man now faces life in prison with 30 years of parole ineligibility on the murder count when he is sentenced Oct. 4.

He was also convicted of two counts of desecrating human remains, along with hindering and evidence tampering.

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