POMONA (CBSLA.com) — A Las Vegas man was sentenced Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 1985 slaying of an aspiring model.

A Pomona Superior Court jury convicted Stafford Joel Spicer on Oct. 1, of first-degree murder in connection with the death of 23-year-old Joanne Marie Jones.

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Jones’ decomposing body was discovered on June 8, 1985 by hikers along a dirt roadway in a remote area of Azusa Canyon.

Investigators uncovered DNA evidence after the cold case was reopened in 2009.

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Spicer was subsequently arrested at his Las Vegas home in March 2011.

He was convicted of the murder with special circumstance allegations of kidnapping, rape and robbery.

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