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Man gets life in prison for killing university administrator

April 18, 2022 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A man convicted of abducting, raping and killing a Virginia Commonwealth University administrator in her home was sentenced on Monday to life in prison.

In November, a jury convicted Thomas Edward Clark, 62, of three felony counts stemming from the May 2019 killing of Suzanne Fairman, 53, of Richmond.

Clark was part of a landscaping crew that had worked on Fairman’s back deck. After she complained about the quality of the work, Clark had returned to fix it a week before she was killed, authorities said.

Prosecutors said DNA evidence and phone records tied Clark to the killing.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Clark has maintained his innocence. Defense attorney Ali Amirshahi said Clark intends to appeal.

Richmond Circuit Court Judge Bradley Cavedo presided over the case against Clark.