Teen gets life in prison for killing ex-girlfriend

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A teen was sentenced Friday to natural life in prison for killing his former girlfriend.

Thomas James Odom, 17, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Iva Rae Herman.

Two boys discovered the girl's body in a ditch near 126th Avenue and Thunderbird Road in El Mirage in April 2010.

Odom was tried as an adult, but since he is not 18 he wasn't eligible for the death penalty.