Thomas re-sentenced to original plea deal of 75 years for murder

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - An Eagle River man was sentenced to 75 years in prison with 25 suspended for the 2014 murder of his 19-year-old girlfriend, Linda Bower.

David Thomas pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for strangling Bower to death while the two were watching movies at his house. "I am disappointed to be here once again speaking on behalf of my daughter to let this court somehow understand that her life means more than this insufficient plea," Sherry Miller, Linda's mother said.

Bower's family had asked the judge for a life sentence.

"How is it not enough when all too often people who show little to no remorse for their intentional actions receive less than a decade for the rapes and murders of women and children," Thomas said in his address to the court.

His plea agreement included the 75-year sentence with 25 years suspended. A judge had rejected his plea deal, but the State Court of Appeals overturned that decision in January. "You got it right your honor, you didn't get it wrong. The appeals court got it wrong," Lonny Bower, Linda's father said.

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