Updated: Tuesday, 09 Nov 2010, 10:16 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 09 Nov 2010, 10:16 AM EST
TAWAS CITY, Mich. (AP) - A Texas man has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison in the case of a Michigan woman who has been missing since 1980.
Iosco County Circuit Judge William Myles sentenced Jimmie Nelson on Monday.
A jury last month found the 58-year-old Houston man guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Cherita Thomas.
The Bay City Times reports the trial took place after the state Court of Appeals ruled in 2008 that a judge erred in dismissing a murder charge in 2005.
Thomas, who was in her 20s, disappeared on Aug. 3, 1980, after police say Nelson picked her up in Au Sable Township, where she had car trouble.
County Sheriff Allan MacGregor tells WJRT-TV it may have taken a long time, but "justice was done."