Man Gets Maximum 20-Year Sentence

A 58-year-old Kenai man has been sentenced for killing a woman 30 years ago in Seward.

The Peninsula Clarion says Jimmy Eacker received 20 years Wednesday after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of 29-year-old Toni Lister. Her body was found April 17, 1982, in the woods near the Seward city dump where she had been sexually assaulted and stabbed with a screwdriver.

Eacker received 99 years in 2010, but that sentence was thrown out after it was determined that the state withheld evidence. Eacker pleaded guilty to manslaughter in December 2011.

Eacker was arrested in late August 2007 in Fairbanks, where he had been living for several years.

Heather Green, Lister’s youngest daughter, said her family has finally gained closure.