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GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WDKY) – The man who admitted to killing a young Madison County mother, Savannah Spurlock, has learned his prison sentence.

David Sparks was sentenced to 50 years Thursday morning.

Due to COVID-19, the sentencing proceeding was a lot different. Instead of Sparks appearing in person before a judge, the hearing was done on computer video in a Zoom conference.

In fact, all of Spurlock’s family and friends said they would be watching the proceeding on Zoom from the commonwealth’s attorney office in Nicholasville.

Relatives and Spurlock’s friends say they really wanted to have Sparks have to look at them in person when he is sent to prison but weren’t able to because of COVID-19.

Spurlock was killed in January 2019. Police say Sparks killed her after she was taken back to his Lancaster home. In July 2019, she was found buried in a shallow grave at his family’s home in rural Garrard County.

Sparks avoided a life sentence by pleading guilty in the case.

Spurlock was seen leaving a Lexington bar with several men but Sparks was the only one charged.