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LONG BRANCH — A Long Branch man pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his underage girlfriend last year, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni. 

Bryan Cordero-Castro, 21, of 4th Avenue pleaded guilty Friday to first degree Aggravated Manslaughter and third-degree Attempted Escape in connection with the death of Madison Wells, 16, who was found dead at her home. 

Long Branch emergency services were dispatched to the Van Pelt Place home on Sept. 8, 2018, at 10:47 pm and found Wells laying in a bloody mess with stab wounds to her chest. 

She was transported to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 11:25 pm. 

An investigation revealed that the two where a couple since November 2017, and Wells recently broke off the relationship. This resulted in Cordero-Casto texting and calling Wells over 230 times in nine hours leading up to the murder. 

Earlier that day, Cordero-Casto went to the Van Pelt Place home of a family member looking for her, and when he did not find her, he continued to text and call her. He then went to Wells's home on Cleveland Avenue and back to Van Pelt Place when Wells agreed to go outside and speak with him. 

After returning into her home from speaking with Cordero-Casto, Wells fell to the ground in her living room with stab wounds to her chest. 

Cordero-Castro was arrested at his cousin's residence on Morris Avenue in Long Branch two hours after the murder. 

While he was being processed at the Long Branch Police Department, Castro attempted to make an escape and run out of the booking room. He was quickly stopped and detained by officers. 

Corder-Castro will appear in a Monmouth County Superior Court on Feb. 7, 2020, for his official sentencing. The state is likely going to recommend 30 years behind bars with an 85% parole release, meaning he would have to serve at least 25.5 years before being eligible for parole.  

Mark Anthony is a reporter with Townsquare Media. Click here to follow him on Facebook. 

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