- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Pensacola man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and murdering a woman.

An Escambia County judge sentenced 26-year-old Joshua Wayne Douglas on Thursday. He was convicted in April of first-degree murder. Jurors recommended the death penalty, but Circuit Judge Terry Terrell chose the lesser sentence.

Authorities say 25-year-old Jamie Broxson was sexually assaulted, suffocated and left in the woods near a Gulf Power Co. substation in 2010. Investigators initially identified Douglas as a suspect through traces of DNA left on Broxson’s body.

The Pensacola News-Journal (http://goo.gl/uYxQpd ) reports that Broxson’s DNA was also found inside Douglas’ truck and home.

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Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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