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Sentencing postponed in death of waitress

Sentencing postponed in death of waitress

March 15th, 2011 in News

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A 66-year-old Georgia grandfather convicted in January of killing a Missouri waitress nearly 35 years ago will wait at least another month to find out his punishment.

Suburban Atlanta resident Johnny Wright was due in court Monday after a Boone County jury found him guilty in January of second-degree murder in the August 1976 disappearance and death of 23-year-old Rebecca Doisy. The hearing is now set for April 18.

Wright faces 10 to 30 years in prison. He was charged with murder in 1985 but wasn't arrested until 2009 after he sought a criminal background check for a job application.

Police said he lived under an assumed identity for years in Seattle, Texas and most recently Georgia, where he raised a family.