TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his former girlfriend.
A Leon County judge sentenced 38-year-old Elijah James on Tuesday after a jury convicted him of second-degree murder and vehicle theft. He had been charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors say James killed 21-year-old Danielle Brown, who went missing in February 2010. Though her body was never found, prosecutors said Brown kicked James out of her home the night before she disappeared. Also, James' DNA was found in Brown's car, which had been dumped in Pavo, Ga., and set on fire.
A defense attorney argued that a lack of a body made it hard to prove James was guilty.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports that James is already serving 20 years in Georgia for lighting the car on fire.