A jury found Kenneth Ray Dunn guilty of the murder of Stephanie Williams and sentenced him to 25 years on Thursday.
The defense raised the issue of sudden passion, which is a legal term that allows punishment of the accused to be lowered. Defense attorney Mark Snodgrass said Dunn told detectives he snapped and this is the definition of sudden passion.
But the jury did not agree. They rejected the sudden passion argument and determined the sentence in four and a half hours.
The jury went into deliberations at 1:30 p.m. and delivered their sentence just before 6 p.m.
Dunn is eligible for parole after half his sentence is served.
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