Updated: 12/11/2012 12:20 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste
A St. Paul man was sentenced to 34 years in prison for the death of his ex-girlfriend.
Thirty-two-year-old Corey Dean Thomas pled guilty Oct. 22 to one count of murder in the second degree with intent in the death of Megan Neely.
Police found Neely's body in a crawl space in her St. Paul apartment in October of 2011 after her sister requested a welfare check. The medical examiner said she had been strangled.
Thomas was arrested a couple days later in Miami after selling his car and buying a one-way ticket to Florida.
He initially denied having anything to do with her death, telling investigators the two argued after she broke off their relationship and he hadn't seen her since.
DNA evidence recovered from Neeley's body eliminated 99.97 percent of the general population. Thomas was not among them.
The judge's decision represents the maximum allowable sentence under the plea agreement.