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Thompson Gets 70 Years

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The man who killed his great grandmother could spend the rest of his life in prison.

A judge sentenced Robert Thompson to 70 years in prison. The prosecutor asked for 75 years, while the defense wanted 50 years.

Thompson spoke in court. He said was sorry and broke down and cried.

"I'm sorry for my actions. I apologize for to my Mom, Heather, and my Aunt Lynn, and I apologize to Patty," said Thompson.

Thompson killed 77-year-old Shirley Lawrence with a knife last July. Police noticed her car and television set were missing from the scene.Thompson was arrested the next day in Colorado.

Authorities say Thompson admitted to beating and killing Lawrence.

Thompson is eligible for parole in 17 years.