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.
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.