Published: Jul 14, 2014 10:44 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 14, 2014 7:57 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Southwest Florida man who plead no contest to killing his ex-wife in 2011, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Daniel Proctor pleaded no contest earlier this month to Amy Patterson's murder, and agreed to spend 25 years in prison. This afternoon, a Lee County judge approved this, calling the sentence "fair" and "appropriate."

The judge heard from Patterson's family before making a final decision. The family's brother acted as a spokesman, asking for life in prison. They compared it to the life sentence "of grief," they feel was handed down upon Amy's death.

Proctor strangled Patterson in their Pine Island home in July 2011. He told deputies they were drinking and got in a fight.

The two were divorced, but began dating again.

It took deputies one year to find the body, only after Proctor confessed and led them to the woods a few miles from their home.

Proctor gave a brief statement through his attorney, saying his was remorseful. The victim's family said they felt the apology was empty, and didn't mean anything.

They also called Proctor a monster. And say they continue to talk to talk to her everyday, adding they miss her. 

Proctor is serving two life sentences in Alabama for grand theft.

WINK News spoke to Proctor's mother, who says she is happy this is all over. And she still cannot believe her son did this.