An Akron man was sentenced to life in prison on charges of murder with a gun specification, tampering with evidence, domestic violence and other offenses in the 2011 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend.
John W. Pritchard, 53, was sentenced Friday by Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Gallagher.
On Oct. 9, 2011, Pritchard shot his ex-girlfriend after a housing dispute. Prosecutors said he then took her car and fled to New Mexico.
New Mexico state police and officers from the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Pritchard in New Mexico after he was found driving the victim’s vehicle.
Akron police and the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force cooperated with authorities there in the search for Pritchard.
He will be eligible for parole after serving 18 years in prison.