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Man gets 40 years for killing woman after she left work

August 22, 2019

ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A 46-year-old man has been sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for killing a young woman whose body was found in a Mohawk Valley field a week after she disappeared while walking home from her job at a convenience store.

Daniel Nellis of Oppenheim was sentenced Thursday in Fulton County Court. The Times Union reports that he tearfully told the judge his conviction was a “lynching” and that a lack of DNA evidence should have absolved him.

Judge Polly Hoye said Nellis killed 21-year-old Michaela MacVilla in an execution-style shooting but could only muster tears for himself.

Nellis told jurors in June that he was driving MacVilla home from his house when she became upset and got out of the car. He said he never saw her again.

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