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Jul 12, 2014 3:36 PM by AP

Former pet cemetery worker sentenced in slaying

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) - A 60-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in the death of the owner of the pet cemetery where he worked in 1985 - the year her body was found in the Mississippi River, tied in heavy steel chains.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports Brandon Nodier entered the plea to manslaughter Friday,

Prosecutors say Nodier was charged in the death of 61-year-old Dorothy Thompson, who owned the Azalea Pet Cemetery.

She was reported missing April 13, 1985 - days before a state court hearing in a lawsuit over the property. Her body was found May 2, 1985, when fishermen's lines tangled in the chains.

Nodier had become the cemetery groundskeeper at the pet cemetery in 1980.

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