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A man has been sentenced to 115 years in prison for the 1998 rape and murder of an Indianapolis woman whose body was found partially burned.

A Marion County judge sentenced 61-year-old Johnny Jones on Friday in the slaying of 26-year-old Kenya Edwards.

Her killing was a cold case until 2015 when DNA from evidence collected from her body was matched to Jones.

A jury had convicted Jones this month of sexual assault and murder.

Police found Edwards' partially burned body inside a home on Indianapolis' east side in November 1998.

Her wrists and legs were bound with electrical cords, and officers found signs of a struggle inside the home along with a rear broken window.

An autopsy determined that Edwards had died from thermal burns and smoke inhalation.

In 2009, evidence collected during Edwards' autopsy was submitted for DNA testing according to Fox 59.

About six years later, there was a match. Prosecutors say detectives were notified after the DNA evidence had been submitted to a national database.

The match identified Jones as a suspect.

Detectives then analyzed previous crimes committed by Jones and revealed similarities between those incidents and the 1998 murder.

Jones was already serving prison time for an unrelated conviction when he was charged.

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