CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man whose DNA linked him to the 1999 murder of a Charleston woman more than a decade later was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison.
Before hearing how much time he'd spend in prison for the death of Terry Clark, Daniel Richard Turner told Kanawha Circuit Judge James Stucky that he always knew one day he'd have to pay for her murder.
"I prayed about it a long time, it never left my mind," Turner, 46, said. "I guess I couldn't bring myself to say someone needs to call the law, because I've murdered someone."
Last month Turner pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Clark, 41. Police found her strangled to death and nude on the side of U.S. 119 just outside Walton in Roane County.
The judge gave Turner credit for 146 days he has already served in jail after being charged in Clark's death. He has been in jail in Tennessee since 2004 on federal drug and weapons charges.