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Todd Barket, 51, was convicted Friday after being sentenced in August 1998 in Delray Beach, Florida, for first-degree murder in killing Sondra Better in Delray Beach, Florida.

Man who has escaped the police for two decades is sentenced to life for killing a 68-year-old woman – after being associated with the crime when he submitted his fingerprints for an application

  • Todd Barket, 51, was convicted Friday after being convicted of first-degree murder in the murder of Sondra Better in Delray Beach, Florida in Florida in 1998
  • Better had worked in a mission when she was stabbed and beaten to death
  • The police found the fingerprints and DNA of his blood on the spot, but could not find a match
  • They finally got a break in December last year when Barket applied for a job where he had to submit his fingerprints for a background check
  • He was arrested and charged in March with the brutal killing of Better
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A Florida man was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a 68-year-old woman two decades ago after being associated with the crime when he submitted his fingerprints for an application.

Todd Barket, 51, was convicted on Friday after being convicted in August 1998 of first-degree murder in killing Sondra Better in Delray Beach.

Better had worked in the Lu Shay consignment store when she was stabbed and beaten to death.

She was murdered only a few days before she would extend her wedding vows with her husband Zeke in New York on their 50th anniversary.

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Todd Barket, 51, was convicted Friday after being sentenced in August 1998 in Delray Beach, Florida, for first-degree murder in killing Sondra Better in Delray Beach, Florida.

Todd Barket, 51, was convicted Friday after being sentenced in August 1998 in Delray Beach, Florida, for first-degree murder in killing Sondra Better in Delray Beach, Florida.

Police said two teenagers had found the mother of three dead in the store and that the cash register had been emptied.

They found a trace of the murderer's blood that led from Better's body to the checkout and then out the front door of the store.

A set of fingerprints was also found on a decorative marble ball that was used in the attack.

Investigators had been told that a customer had negotiated Better with a tall, blond man about the price of a bank about 30 minutes before she was killed.

Despite the trail of evidence and a potential suspect, the police were unable to pin down the murderer.

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The fingerprints and a DNA sample from the blood they had found could not find any similarities in a national database.

Better's husband then went on to finance a scholarship for criminal law students at Florida Atlantic University and did 15 years of volunteering with the Delray Beach police.

Better, who worked at Lu Shay & # 39; s Consignment Store when she was stabbed and beaten to death, was murdered a few days before she would renew her wedding vows with her husband Zeke in New York on their 50th anniversary.

Better, who worked at Lu Shay & # 39; s Consignment Store when she was stabbed and beaten to death, was murdered a few days before she would renew her wedding vows with her husband Zeke in New York on their 50th anniversary.

Better, who worked at Lu Shay & # 39; s Consignment Store when she was stabbed and beaten to death, was murdered a few days before she would renew her wedding vows with her husband Zeke in New York on their 50th anniversary.

After two decades, the police finally got a break in December last year when Barket applied for a job for which he had to submit his fingerprints for a background check on the job market. Barket was arrested and charged with killing in March

After two decades, the police finally got a break in December last year when Barket applied for a job for which he had to submit his fingerprints for a background check on the job market. Barket was arrested and charged with killing in March

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After two decades, the police finally got a break in December last year when Barket applied for a job for which he had to submit his fingerprints for a background check on the job market. Barket was arrested and charged with killing in March

He had vowed to find his wife's killer, but he died in 2015 without knowing his identity.

& # 39; We had fingerprints, we had blood, we even had a possible description of a witness. But the person responsible for this horrific case just seemed to disappear, & said Acting Delray Beach Police Chief Javaro Sims earlier this year.

After two decades, the police finally got a break in December last year when Barket applied for a job at a fire and water purification company where he had to submit his fingerprints for a background check on employment.

Barket testified that he robbed the store but denied ever attacking Better

Barket testified that he robbed the store but denied ever attacking Better

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Barket testified that he robbed the store but denied ever attacking Better

These fingerprints corresponded to the evidence that the police had submitted to the national database years earlier.

State law enforcement then began to monitor Barket and received its DNA, which also matched the blood of the crime scene.

They also found that Barket, corresponding to the defendant's description, had lived in a mobile home near Delray Beach when Better was murdered.

Barket, who has been married for 26 years, was arrested and charged with killing in March.

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He was sentenced to life in prison on Friday after a week trial.

The victim's family called the condemnation of Barket a & # 39; blessing & # 39; and said it would eventually close their family.

& # 39; We prayed that this day would come and it is, & # 39; said Better & # 39; s daughter Robin Shores according to the Sun Sentinel.

Barket testified that he robbed the store but denied ever attacking Better.

He claimed not to have seen the victim's body lying on the floor when he stole $ 100 from the cash register.

Barket, who has been married for 26 years, was arrested and charged with killing in March

Barket, who has been married for 26 years, was arrested and charged with killing in March

Barket, who has been married for 26 years, was arrested and charged with killing in March

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