Dayton man sentenced for murder of sister-in-law

James Leo Hamrick, 56, of Dayton, found guilty in the murder of sister-in-law, Toni Marie Davis. Lyon County Sheriff's Office photograph.
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YERINGTON, Nev. (KOLO)-- A Dayton man will have to serve at least 25 years in prison for murdering his sister-in-law in April 2016.

A Lyon County jury found James Leo Hamrick, 56, guilty in September of murder of a person older than 60.

Hamrick was sentenced to life in prison with a chance for parole after 20 years for murder. He must serve at least five additional years in prison for using a deadly weapon.

Hamrick shot Toni Marie Davis, 60, in the head on April 28, 2016. Authorities searched for her body for three weeks before finding her in the Virginia Range. About the same time another search found the murder weapon.

Hamrick had been at home with Davis when she was last seen alive. His brother, who is also her husband, returned home on April 28, 2016, to find both of them gone.

“While nothing can change the pain and loss felt by the spouse, family and friends of Ms. Davis in this case, we hope that this lengthy sentence will provide some closure,” District Attorney Stephen Rye said in a statement.