A man convicted of murder in the shooting death of an eastern Pennsylvania man almost five decades ago has been sentenced to life in prison with no parole.
Sixty-eight-year-old Richard Keiper, of Boyd, Texas, was sentenced Thursday for the October 1968 death of 40-year-old Alfred Barnes, of Bethlehem. A jury convicted Keiper of first-degree murder in July.
Barnes was an assistant to the vice president at Bethlehem Steel. Hunters found his bullet-riddled body in a field near Effort. His car was later recovered in Warren County, New Jersey.
Prosecutors said Keiper was arrested in September 2013 after confessing to his involvement in Barnes' death.
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Defense attorneys argued that Keiper acted in self-defense. Prosecutors said ballistic and other evidence contradicted those claims.