Texas man sentenced for coed's death, dismemberment

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) A 31-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Monday hours after he was found guilty of murdering a Texas college student.

Charles Dean Bryant. (Grapevine Police Dept. photo)

A Tarrant County jury in Fort Worth also sentenced Charles Dean Bryant to 20 years in prison for evidence tampering in the dismemberment and burning of the body of 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff, a Texas Woman's University student.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

The jury deliberated the sentences for about an hour Monday afternoon.

The same jurors convicted Bryant earlier Monday after less than three hours of deliberation.

Bryant's attorney sought a 20-year sentence for his client.

Defense attorney Glynis McGinty argued that Vandagriff died accidentally during consensual sex with Bryant.

She says a plastic tie was placed around Vandagriff's neck, causing asphyxiation. Prosecutors say there's no evidence the two had sex.

McGinty says Bryant committed a crime by panicking and disposing of the woman's body in September 2016, but he did not commit murder.