GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A jury found the man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend's husband over 40 years ago guilty of first-degree murder on Feb. 3.
Richard Frank Thomas, 60, was sentenced on Feb. 9 to life without the possibility of parole for killing 21-year-old Elijah Butler .
Butler was shot multiple times on Oct. 24, 1971, inside his mother's home in the 400 block of Franklin Street in Grand Rapids, according to police. A gunman standing in the alley shot him through a door, police said. Butler died at the scene.
Butler was a Marine who returned to Michigan on leave to marry his fiancée, Geraldine Thrower Butler.
Geraldine told police her ex-boyfriend, Thomas, was responsible for the shooting.
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