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Uncle sentenced to 20 years in prison in 1999 death of Bullitt County teenager


BARDSTOWN, Kentucky — A judge has sentenced a Bullitt County man to 20 years in prison in the death of his niece, who disappeared from her driveway in 1999.

Media report Stanley Dishon showed no emotion as the sentence was handed down Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court.

Dishon entered an Alford plea in January to first-degree manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Jessica Dishon. In an Alford plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for conviction.

He was originally charged with murder.

Dishon was a high school senior when she disappeared. Her body was later found beaten and strangled.

A neighbor was charged with killing Dishon in 2001 but was freed a couple of years later when a judge declared a mistrial, and the charges were dismissed.

Dishon was charged in 2013 after new evidence came to light.

Several people spoke during the hearing, including Jessica's parents.

"He's my brother but I want to see him hanged," Mike Dishon said.

Edna Dishon, Jessica's mother, said "there is a hole in my heart that can never be filled — we've been robbed of a life."

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