ANDALUSIA, Ala. (AP) – A man convicted of killing a convenience store owner more than 20 years ago is going to prison.

A judge sentenced 56-year-old Eugene Wallace Black to 70 years in prison during a hearing in Covington County.

Black was convicted in August in the killing of James “Nibby” Barton, who was found dead behind the counter of his store.

Black wasn’t indicted on murder charges until 2013, and jurors convicted him in August.

Three women were indicted along with Black. Two of them pleaded guilty and testified in his trial, and the final suspect died in jail.

An investigator says leads went cold because all the participants stayed quiet. Authorities reopened the investigation two years ago, and someone told officers Black had admitted his involvement.

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