PONTIAC, Mich. -

A man convicted of strangling and dismembering his girlfriend then hiding her body parts in their suburban Detroit home was sentenced Friday to life in prison.

William Dhondt was found guilty by jury of first-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Kaitlin Hehir.

Farmington Hills police said Dhondt reported Hehir missing in February 2013. Police took him into custody after they discovered her remains at their home. Investigators have said that Dhondt told them he and Hehir had argued and that the dispute turned physical.

Authorities say he spent several hours dismembering Hehir's body in her basement, putting the body parts in a Home Depot box, baggies and other containers.

Defense lawyer Judith Gracey says Dhondt snapped during a drunken argument and didn't mean to kill Hehir.