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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 4:26 pm

A 56-year-old man pled guilty to sexual assault of a child from a case dating back to 1989.

Thompson Stricklen Jr. was sentenced to four years in prison after he pled guilty.

Stricklen was previously tried in July 2018 for the 1989 murder of 15-year-old Wendy Burdette, an Ector County District Attorney’s affidavit detailed. That case resulted in a mistrial with hung jury.

Stricklen’s charges of murder and a second sexual assault were dismissed due to the termination of the lead investigator for the Odessa Police Department for dishonesty and violating department policy, court records show.

Stricklen was credited with 1,458 days of jail time, court records show.

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