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SC man gets 45 years for murder of ex-girlfriend

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Kelvin Jackson hears the verdict in the case. Kelvin Jackson hears the verdict in the case.

A South Carolina man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend will spend the next 45 years of his life behind bars.

It took a jury only a few hours to find Kelvin Jackson guilty for the 2011 murder of Masko Miller.

It was an emotional week of trial for Miller's family. Friday's verdict gave them some closure and justice for her death.

"She was trustworthy, she was fair, she was a good mom," said daughter Starr Yamaguchi Dunbar.

"It was a sigh of relief that Masko would not be forgotten," said her relative Starr Dunbar.

Family members fought back their emotions as they heard the verdict.

"As to the indictment of the charge of murder, we, the jury, find the defendant Kelvin Jackson guilty," said Judge Carmen Mullen.

The case against Jackson rested primarily on circumstantial evidence. The prosecution said one of two key pieces of evidence stood out.

"We had the victim's blood on a pillowcase in her home in the bedroom and the defendant's touched DNA on the outer edges, which we believe is basically the murder weapon or the means that he murdered her by," said Deputy Solicitor Sean Thornton.

Investigators arrested Jackson in 2011 after Miller's body was found in the Broad River on Memorial Day.

Her cause of death was asphyxiation. Jackson is the father of two of her children.

"Kelvin Jackson is a person who basically murdered the mother of his children while they were basically asleep in the next room," said Thornton.

 Mullen sentenced Kelvin Jackson to 45 years in prison.

During sentencing, he still maintained that he did not kill Miller.

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