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Girlfriend's killer gets 40-year term

There was very little of Jessica Enright's body that wasn't bruised or broken. But she still might have lived if her boyfriend didn't deliver the blows to her heart _ not once, but twice.

That final brutality was enough to call for an above-the-guidelines sentence for her boyfriend and killer, college student Craig Bradley Goldberg.

On Thursday, Hillsborough Circuit Judge Barbara Fleischer sentenced Goldberg, 19, to 40 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Enright, 20. The judge exceeded the sentencing guidelines, which call for up to 22 years in prison.

"It was very difficult for me to believe that as you brutalized this young woman, you didn't know in some way what you were doing," the judge said.

Investigators said Goldberg, who is 6-feet-3 and weighs more than 200 pounds, flew into a jealous rage during a fight with Enright at his apartment near the University of South Florida (USF) in July.

Enright's head was smashed through a wall, and she was punched and kicked. Investigators said that Goldberg then threw his weight onto her 114-pound frame twice and that her heart burst.

At an emotional sentencing hearing Thursday, her family tearfully remembered the USF finance major. Her grandfather called her beautiful.

"I'd just like to say I'm very sorry about what happened," Goldberg said. "I wish I could take back what happened."

Goldberg's father acknowledged that his son had gotten into physical fights with girlfriends before. Goldberg pleaded no contest to misdemeanor battery last year after he beat up another man in a fight over a woman.

Enright's mother, Anna Fox, said she was sorry the judge hadn't sentenced him to life in prison, but said she was satisfied with 40 years.

"I just hope he's not out to do this to any other girl," she said.