Riverside man gets 25 to life in prison in woman's 1986 cold-case killing

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SAN BERNARDINO, California — A Riverside man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in the cold-case killing of a 28-year-old mother of three in 1986.

Fifty-nine-year-old Larry Hite was sentenced Friday. A jury found him guilty in July of killing Nancy Klinger, who prosecutors say met Hite while tending bar in Riverside.

Prosecutors say Hite falsely claimed to be an undercover sheriff's investigator and convinced Klinger to pose as his wife to help bust a black-market baby ring.

Prosecutors say Klinger left her children with a baby sitter and joined Hite on Aug. 29, 1986.

Her skeletal remains were found two years later in a dirt field. Police say Hite confessed to the crime to cold-case investigators in 2009.

Klinger's son says in a statement that Hite is "a real-life monster."

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