- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A North Texas man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison over the 1985 slaying of his wife.

Paul Christopher Ervin of Fort Worth was sentenced Friday. Jurors in Fort Worth on Thursday convicted the 59-year-old Ervin of murder partly based on DNA evidence that led to him being charged in 2013.

Ervin was arrested after 26-year-old Linda Ervin was found strangled at their home in June 1985. A grand jury declined to indict him.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (https://bit.ly/1yDhjXx ) reports the victim earlier left Ervin amid allegations he abused her. She went to stay with relatives in Liberty.

The victim was slain several days after returning to Fort Worth with her three sons. Prosecutors say Ervin killed his wife and arranged the scene to look like a burglary.


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