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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A judge sentences a Corydon, Ind., man to 65 years in prison, the maximum penalty, for killing his girlfriend in February 2013.
Ronald Shewmaker heard his sentence Monday, after he was convicted last month of murdering 32-year-old Lisa McQuirt.
McQuirt, a mother of five children, was shot and killed outside a duplex in Clarksville, Ind., in February.
Her family says she met Shewmaker at the Bottoms Up strip Club in Louisville, where McQuirt worked.
Her sister, Lora Jacobs, told WDRB that she is happy to know Shewmaker received the maximum sentence.
"Nothing can bring back my sister, but he got what he deserved and I just hope it stands and we don't have to do this again," she said.
Clark County chief deputy prosecutor Jeremy Mull said circuit court judge Daniel Moore made the right decision by implementing the maximum sentence.
"It was a cowardly killing and the judge called it for what it was," said Mull.
Soon after learning his fate, Shewmaker blamed his guilty conviction on Indiana authorities.
"It was all a lack of appropriate police work, or I wouldn't even be here today," Shewmaker said as he left court Monday.
Mull countered, "He can say it was bad police work but he's walking downstairs right now to get ready to do 65 years. So obviously the jury disagreed with that."
It was in February that the prosecution says Shewmaker showed up to a home in Clarksville where McQuirt was staying and shot her multiple times.
Family says after the two met at the strip club, they started dating. They say Shewmaker became obsessed and eventually enraged over new relationships in McQuirt's life.
"Normal men don't do that. Normal men say 'Hey this isn't right' or 'I'm in too deep' and walk away from it," said McQuirt's best friend and former co-worker Summer Dickerson. "He chose to hunt her down and kill her."
In court, his defense team asked the judge for a lesser sentence, citing Shewmaker's lack of a criminal history.
Shewmaker's ex-fiancee and his father spoke to the defendant's character Monday, telling the judge that this was a one time event that will never happen again.
The judge said although he considered those factors, Shewmaker deserved the maximum sentence.
"There's a lot of people out here who aren't criminals that could have just walked away--drove away," said Jacobs. "He had to back up to shoot at her continuously."
Shewmaker told WDRB he will be appeal his conviction. He has the standard 30 days to do so.