Payette man sentenced to 43 years in prison for murdering girlfriend

Cody Hays, 25, of Payette has been sentenced to 43 years in prison for killing his girlfriend last summer, according to court documents.

Hays pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder charge in February. He admitted to strangling his girlfriend, Amber Schwenn, 23, in July, police said.

Hays was seen driving Schwenn's car after she missed work at Burger King in Payette. Her mother said Schwenn was planning to drop off her toddler with Hays, who's the child's father. Her body was found at his apartment on Center Avenue. The child was found safe and taken in by family, police said.