An East Texas jury on Friday night sentenced convicted murderer Bernie Tiede to 99 years or life in prison.
Tiede gunned down wealth Carthage widow Marjorie Nugent and stuffed her in a freezer in 1996, ending what he called an abusive relationship. Her body was discovered nine months later, and during that time Tiede went about his life and lied about Nugent's whereabouts. A San Augustine County jury sentenced him to life in prison in 1999.
Tiede, a former mortician, became Nugent's companion and something of a personal assistant and financial adviser. She was 81, more than 40 years his senior, at the time of her death. Their relationship and the murder inspired 2011 black comedy "Bernie," starring Jack Black as Tiede.
Thanks in part to the movie, his punishment didn't stick. A state district court set aside the sentence in 2014 and released Tiede ahead of a second trial to reargue the 20-year-old details of the case and evaluate whether Tiede's history of being sexually abused — unmentioned in his first trial — could have played a role in the killing.