HOULTON — A 76-year-old pawn shop owner convicted of killing a woman in 1998 in northern Maine has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

WAGM-TV says George Jaime Sr. of Presque Isle was sentenced Friday in Superior Court in Houlton. He was accused of murdering Starlette Vining, burning her body and disposing her ashes in a river.

Jaime didn’t testify at his trial last month.

Vining, who was in a relationship with Jaime, worked at a grocery store in Presque Isle when she simply stopped coming to work in October 1998. She was known to move frequently and wasn’t reported missing until years later.