- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas judge has sentenced a former firefighter to 60 years in prison for killing his girlfriend and dumping her body in Lake Travis.

Joe Carr also was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years for tampering with evidence, to run concurrently with the 60-year term.

A Travis County jury deliberated less than an hour before returning its guilty verdict a day earlier against the 29-year-old Carr, who worked for the Pedernales (purd-NAL’-lehs) Fire Department.

Prosecutors argued Carr killed Veronica Navarro in 2011 after they became involved in a “love triangle.”

The body of the 22-year-old woman was partially submerged by tying it to a paint can similar to one found in Carr’s home.

Carr was stopped trying to cross the border into Canada three days after Navarro’s body was found.