Man sentenced to 30 years in disappearance of Newberry woman

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -- Andrelo Witcher was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of manslaughter in the cold case of missing Newberry woman Heather MacCrossen.

Witcher showed no emotion as family members of MacCrossen took the stand to talk about Heather Friday afternoon.

"Knowing what I know about this case, and knowing that there are other cases that are very similar in nature that are believed to have been committed by this offender, Andrelo Witcher, this sentence of 30 years was very very appropriate," said Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell.

Witcher was found guilty in an Alachua County court early December. MacCrossen, who went missing in August of 2007, was never found, and no physical evidence ties her to Witcher.

In the December trial, multiple witnesses stated Witcher was abusive toward MacCrossen. Witnesses said Witcher told MacCrossen he would "kill her and hide her body where her family would never find it." Witcher allegedly picked up MacCrossen from the Greyhound bus station where she was last seen alive.

The jury took nearly five hours in deliberation in the December trial before finding Witcher guilty.

"It's not only a murder case that has been resolved, but also one in which the victim's body has never been found," Darnell said. "That's especially difficult."

Witcher will have to serve a mandatory 15 years of the sentence, and up to 30 years in total. Witcher's attorney said he plans to appeal the sentence.