After years of preparation, a two-week trial and more than three days of jury deliberations in the Sam Parker murder trial, Floyd County’s district attorney is heading back home victorious.

Sam Parker, the former LaFayette police sergeant, was found guilty Friday in Walker County of murder, making false statements and violating his oath of office.

He was sentenced to life in prison and consecutive five-year sentences for the other two crimes.

He was found not guilty of computer invasion of privacy.

“We are very very pleased; the family was just ecstatic with the verdict,” said Floyd County District Attorney Leigh Patterson.

“They’re finally going to have some peace,” she said. “But I told them we are not going to stop looking for Theresa … even though we have a guilty verdict.”

Theresa Parker’s body has not yet been found.