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Kennedy given life sentence in cold case

4 years ago January 12, 2011 Jan 12, 2011 Wednesday, January 12 2011 Wednesday, January 12, 2011 10:17:43 AM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE – Vernon Kennedy has been sentenced to life in prison 25 years after he killed a woman in her Baton Rouge home.

The sentence was handed down today in district court.  Kennedy was convicted Dec. 3 for raping and beating 19-year-old Tina Marie Kristynik to death in 1985.

The case had gone cold before Kennedy submitted a DNA sample in 2006, when he was imprisoned for a 1995 Georgia murder.  Investigators matched the sample to DNA they had submitted in 2004, which led to a conviction.

Kennedy’s conviction carried a mandatory life sentence.

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