- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) - A man who once did pesticide work at a Central Texas woman’s home has been sentenced to death for her 1980 slaying in a cold case solved with DNA evidence.

Steven Thomas was sentenced Friday in Georgetown. A Williamson County jury on Monday convicted him of capital murder in the killing of 73-year-old Mildred McKinney.

Thomas was charged in 2012 after investigators say his DNA that was obtained in a drug-related federal case matched evidence from the unsolved attack on McKinney. Investigators say the woman was sexually assaulted, beaten and strangled.

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