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Texas man sentenced to 85 years for killing ex-wife, who was attacked as 911 operator listened


DALLAS — Jurors have sentenced a Dallas man to 85 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife, who was attacked as a 911 operator listened.

A Dallas County jury deliberated for about two hours Tuesday before determining the sentence for 38-year-old Delvecchio Patrick.

Patrick was found guilty last week of murder in the death of Deanna Cook at her home in August 2012. He could have received up to life in prison.

Patrick must serve 30 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Police say Patrick was attacking Cook when she called 911 with her cellphone, but the operator didn't get an address. It took about nine minutes to find Cook's address, after which officers went to Cook's home. They saw nothing and got no answer to a telephone call. Two days later, her family found her body.

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