DERIDDER, La. (AP) — A sentencing date for Billie Joe Weldon has been delayed until later this year.

The American Press reports Weldon was convicted in September of manslaughter by a 10-2 verdict in the August 2009 death of 27-year-old Kimberly Ann Stephens. Weldon will face up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 10.

Weldon was charged with second-degree murder, which carries a life sentence, but the jury opted for the lesser charge.

Stephens' body was found in an empty lot in DeRidder on Aug. 26, 2009.

Prosecutors said Weldon beat her to death by bashing her head into the concrete, hitting her with a crescent wrench, then cutting her throat. He then dragged her body out of view of the road.

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