Jason Flett, convicted in August for the 2012 killing of his ex-girlfriend Ramona Childress, will spend most of the rest of his life behind bars.
Flett, a six-time convicted felon was sentenced to 540 months - about 45 years - in prison for the killing of Childress, who was strangled, stabbed and beaten with a shovel. Her body was found a year after her death buried in a shallow grave in a remote location near Elk after a witness came forward with information about the killing.
Prosecutors sought the life sentence against Flett because of his deliberate cruelty against Childress as well as the use of deadly weapons including the shovel.
"The jury also found two deadly weapons enhancements, non firearm, and also found beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Flett committed deliberate cruelty in the murder of Ramona Childress," Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said.
Childress, a 27-year-old mother of two, was killed according to prosecutors because she had information about Flett that could have sent him back to prison.