A judge Thursday sentenced Scotty LaKeith Street to life without parole in the capital murder of a retired special education teacher, Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence said.
Street, 39, robbed and stabbed Frankie Fairley, 55, and left her to die in a field about a half mile from her home. She was stabbed 37 times.
Just seven months before her Dec. 9, 2014, slaying, she had retired from her longtime position as a special education teacher in Lucedale.
A jury Thursday convicted Street, but then began deliberations to determine whether to sentence him to life without parole or death.
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Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced Street because the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
Authorities believe Fairley likely reached out to help Street the day she was killed.
According to prosecutors, authorities found video surveillance footage from a Dollar General store in Hurley that showed Fairley and Street together the day of the murder.
Lawrence and Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade prosecuted the case.