Published: Feb 02, 2011 10:18 PM EST
Updated: Feb 02, 2011 7:18 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville man who had been serving 45 years for beating his girlfriend to death has been sentenced to life in prison following his retrial.

A Duval County judge sentenced 33-year-old Steven W. Montgomery on Wednesday. He was convicted last month of second-degree murder, the same charge his was convicted of in June 2007. Montgomery's previous conviction was one of several overturned by an appellate court decision that found juries were not given proper instructions on manslaughter, a lesser charge with a potentially a lighter sentence.

Prosecutors say Montgomery fatally beat 23-year-old Tarnesha Ellis with a metal rod and a broomstick in front of her 3-year-old son in October 2005. He then ate ice cream with the boy before he was arrested.

--- Information from: The Florida Times-Union,

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