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Dayton man convicted of killing sister-in-law sentenced to life in prison

James Hamrick Mugshot May 18, 2016. Image Courtesy Lyon County Sheriff's Office..png

A 56-year-old Dayton man found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his 60-year-old sister-in-law has been sentenced to life in prison, according to the Lyon County District Attorney.

Stephen Rye announced on Thursday, Dec. 4, that James Leo Hamrick was sentenced to life on the first-degree murder charge, with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

He was also sentenced to a consecutive term of 15 years in prison for a use of deadly weapon charge, with parole eligibility after serving five years, and a concurrent term of 364 days in jail for destruction of evidence.

Hamrick was convicted in September on charges of first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon and destruction of evidence.

Prosecutors said Hamrick murdered Toni Marie Davis at her Dayton home on April 28, 2016.

Hamrick's brother, who was the husband of Davis, visited the house in Dayton a short time later and discovered both were gone. Davis was reported missing to local authorities, and the Lyon County Sheriff's Office and Nevada Division of Investigations began investigating.

After nearly three weeks of searching, law enforcement officers found the body of Davis, according to prosecutors. Hamrick was arrested and charged with murder.

Authorities alleged he hid the body and a small caliber handgun, identified as the murder weapon.

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