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Updated: 02/17/2017 08:30:03AM

‘Justice has been served’

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Sharon McPhillips consoles with her son, Paul, after the jury found David McMannis guilty in the death of her daughter, Tara Sidarovich. Sidarovich disappeared in 2001.

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Sharon McPhillips embraces with Major Crimes Detective, Kurt Mehl, after the gury found David McMannis guilty in the death of her daughter, Tara Sidarovich.

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David McMannis has an emotional reaction after being found guilty of first- degree murder in the death of Tara Sidarovich. Sidarovich disappeared in 2001; her remains were found nine months later off of Burndt Store Road in Punta Gorda.

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David McMannis is taken into custody after being found guilty in the death of Tara Sidarovich back in 2001. The jury sent McMannis away for life for his role in her death.

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Tara Sidarovich's mother, Sharon McPhillips, left, is consoled by Jean Hughes, her daughter's grandmother, after the jury found one of her accused killers, David McMannis, guilty of first degree murder Thursday.

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Witness Ray Hott testifies in the trial of David McMannis.

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Linda Dille, the former girlfriend of Phillip Barr, testifies in the trial of David McMannis.

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Tara Danielle Sidarovich

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Phillip Barr appears to the jury at the trial of his co-defendant, David McMannis.

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Loretta Parker testifies at the trial of her prior boyfriend, David McMannis.

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Wayne McMannis testifies at the trial of his brother, David McMannis.

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Defendant David McMannis is escorted by a bailiff during a court recess.

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Sharon McPhillips testifies at the trial of David McMannis, charged with the murder of her daughter, Tara Sidarovich, in 2001.

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Assistant State Attorney Dan Feinberg delivers the state's opening statement to the jury.

David McMannis has been charged with the first-degree murder of Tara Sidarovich in 2001 after being the last to see her alive, along with his co-defendant, Phillip Barr, who was convicted in 2015.

Defense Attorney, Michael Bross reacts during a conference with the judge during his defendant, David McMannis's closing arguments.

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Defense attorney Michael Bross speaks to the jury during his closing arguments.

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A cross next to Burnt Store Road — near Pirate Harbor — serves as a memorial to Tara Sidarovich, whose skeletal remains were found in the woods there in 2002. The 19-year-old disappeared from her Punta Gorda home the year before.

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Dawn Fancher testifies in the murder trial of David McMannis.

Sharon McPhillips consoles with her son, Paul, after the jury found David McMannis guilty in the death of her daughter, Tara Sidarovich. Sidarovich dissapeared back in 2001r

Sharon McPhillips, embraces with Major Crimes Detective, Kurt Mehl, after the gury found David McMannis guilty in the death of her daughter, Tara Sidarovich.

David McMannis emotional reaction after being found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Tara Sidarovich, Sidarovich disappeared in 2001 her remains were found 9-months later off of Burndt Store Road in Punta Gorda.

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David McMannis is taken into custody after being found guilty in the death of Tara Sidarovich back in 2001. The jury sent McMannis away for life for his role in her death.

mhtara5-Tara Sidarovich's mother,Sharon McPhillips, left, is consoled by Jean Hughes, her daughter'a grandmother, after the jury found one of her accused killers, David McMannis guilty of 1st degree murder,Thursday

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After nearly six weeks in trial, accused killer David McMannis was pronounced guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday, after less than an hour of jury deliberation. Like his co-defendant, Phillip Barr, he was immediately sentenced to life in prison.

“Justice has been served for a wonderful, kind, caring daughter,” Sharon McPhillips told the court in an emotional impact statement after hugging the many detectives and attorneys involved in the case.

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