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Paul Russell Felker of Fort St. John has been sentenced to life in prison.

Felker was sentenced in a Prince George court this week after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Cindy Burk.

The body of Burk was found in July of 1990 in the Kiskatinaw Provincial Park. Her throat had been slit and her body was found nude and heavily bruised.

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It was November 2006, when police arrested, now 62 years old, Paul Russell Deleno Felker in Fort St. John. The RCMP were able to make the 2006 arrest after an undercover operation had police pretend to be gang members. The RCMP were then able to tape Felker admitting to the crime.

The victim was born on the Carmacks First Nation in the Yukon and, was later adopted by a non-aboriginal family and, spent most of her life in Saskatchewan.

In the late 1980s, she returned to the Yukon to reunite with her birth mother and her brothers and sisters. After she went missing, police said she was last seen in Prophet River, in mid-July 1990 and was believed to be hitchhiking, back to Saskatchewan.

Felker will be eligible for parole in 12 years.

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