Jeremy Thornburg Sentenced To Life for Murder of Graham Mother

A bit of closure was handed over Tuesday, to family and friends of a Graham mother who went missing in 2011, as a suspect of Candice Shields murder is found guilty.

The family told Newschannel 6 they had come to terms with justice and that justice was served.

Jeremy Thornburg was sentenced to life behind bars in connection to the disappearance and murder of Shields.

While the family said it has brought them some closure, there's still more that needs to be done.

They said while they still don't have her, for now they will take what they've got.

Family also told Newschannel 6 they weren't expecting the jury to sentence Thornburg to life in prison, but as Shield's mother put it "we got it."

At the end of the trial Candice's step father read an emotional letter to Thornburg from family and friends.

He said there was a lot of family emotions they have been going through over the past 3 years that needed to be put into words.

Investigators have been searching for her body every since she went missing, but haven't been able to find her.

But that hasn't stopped the family from continuing their own search.

Police said the other suspect involved in her disappearance Lajuana Long, pleaded guilty to a murder charge.

Long made a plea deal, by testifying against Thornburg. She will now serve 30 years behind bars.