CONWAY — A Little River man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a woman nearly three years ago.

Forty-five-year-old Jeffrey Wayne Riebe was convicted of murder in Conway on Tuesday.

Police say 42-year-old Phyllis Mowery was found strangled at her home in North Myrtle Beach in August 2008.

Some of Mowery’s friends said at the time that Riebe was a friend of Mowery’s.