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Man who inspired film 'Bernie' sent back to prison by jury

A jury on Friday sent a former East Texas mortician whose murder case inspired the movie "Bernie" back to prison.

The Rusk County jury of 10 women and two men deliberated about 4½ hours before sentencing Bernie Tiede to 99 years to life in prison following a new sentencing trial for his 1999 conviction in the killing of Marjorie Nugent, a widow more than 40 years his senior.

Tiede, originally given life in prison, had been incarcerated nearly 16 years when he was temporarily freed in 2014 after his original prosecutor, Danny Buck Davidson, said he believed Tiede deserved a lesser sentence because of new evidence related to claims of sexual abuse that Tiede...

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