WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A Wichita man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without parole for the murder of a 36-year-old woman who he raped and set on fire. 

Cornell McNeal, 34, was convicted last month of capital murder in the November 2014 death of Letitia Davis. Prosecutors said Davis was walking home when McNeal raped and beat Davis before setting her on fire in Fairmount Park near 17th Street North and Hillside. Davis died eight days later.

Davis, a mother of four, was found by a neighbor who said he heard blood-curdling screams from the park that night. When he went out to check, he found a small fire and Davis screaming.

Davis told police that she did not know her attacker. She suffered burns on more than half of her body.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said last month McNeal would likely get life in prison without parole. He said that's what the family wanted so everything can be done and over with.

“The sentence today was the culmination of the hard work and dedication of first responders, investigators, witnesses," Bennett said in a statement. "We are pleased the family of Ms. Davis is finally able to put this chapter behind them.”

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