Columbia, SC (WLTX)-- A judge sentenced Theodore Manning IV, a man convicted of shooting girlfiend Nikki McPhatter in the head, to 30 years in prison without the chance of parole.
Manning was found guilty Thursday, after a jury determined that he was responsible for McPhatter's May 6, 2009 death. Previous Coverage: Body in Burned Car Identified as Nikki McPhatter
The jury began deliberations on the case Wednesday afternoon, and almost a day later, they determined that Manning was guilty of manslaughter. Related Coverage: The Trial of Theodore Manning IV
McPhatter and Manning met online. Investigators say McPhatter drove from Charlotte, NC to visit with Manning, and when she tried to break off the relationship, Manning shot her in the back of the head. Prosecutors say Manning then drove the car to a field near I-77, and set it on fire with her body inside the car.