- Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

HENDERSON, Texas (AP) - A former East Texas mortician whose murder case inspired the movie “Bernie” is headed back to prison.

Jurors deliberated for about 4½ hours before sentencing Bernie Tiede (TEE’-duh) to 99 years to life in prison Friday. The decision followed a new sentencing trial for Tiede’s 1999 conviction in the killing of Marjorie Nugent, a widow more than 40 years his senior.

Tiede was originally given life in prison. He was incarcerated nearly 16 years when he was temporarily freed after his original prosecutor said he believed Tiede deserved a lesser sentence because of new evidence related to claims of sexual abuse Tiede suffered as a minor.

Nugent’s body was found in 1997 in a freezer in her Carthage home. In his confession, Tiede said he snapped after mistreatment by Nugent.


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