TAMPA — After three hours of deliberation Friday, jurors found a Tampa man guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of sexual battery in a 1986 murder case.
George Shrader, 46, will serve a mandatory life sentence for the decades-old killing of 23-year-old Sharon Lorraine Moss. Under 1986 law, he will be eligible for parole after 25 years, said Hillsborough Circuit Court Judge Emmett Battles. Sentencing for the other two charges will take place on May 16.
"This does have the circumstances of being a 1986 case and we do have to go by those guidelines," Battles said.
During the week-long trial, Assistant State Attorney Scott Harmon argued DNA evidence collected at the crime scene 27 years ago, including Shrader's blood and fluids, proved his guilt.
Officials found Moss' body on Jan. 27, 1986, in a woods kin southern Hillsborough County. She was wearing only a T-shirt and had 32 stab wounds to her chest, neck and back, Harmon said.
The case remained cold until 2010, when authorities arrested Shrader for battery on his wife. His DNA was entered into a national database and a match was made to the Moss case.
This is the second murder charge for Shrader, who on the day Moss' body was found, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his uncle in a bar fight. He served only 4 1/2 years. He was out on bail at the time of Moss' death.
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