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Life sentence for man who murdered visiting professor

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Jason Lee McCormick in court Jason Lee McCormick in court
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A judge on Wednesday sentenced a man to life in prison with the possibility of parole for the 1996 strangulation of a University of Pittsburgh professor.

Circuit Judge Richard Perkins handed down the mandatory term to 40-year-old Jason Lee McCormick.  

The decomposing body of Robert Henderson was found in a room at the Ilikai Hotel in July 1996.

Henderson was a linguistics professor and was in Hawaii to lecture at summer workshops at the University of Hawaii. He was staying at the Ilikai. 

Prosecutors say McCormick confessed to police in 2008.

According to an Associated Press report, McCormick told mental health examiners that Henderson's interest in boys and sexual advances while they had drinks in the condo caused him to snap.

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