Man sentenced in girl’s 2007 sexual assault, slaying

Associated Press

Centreville — A 65-year-old southwestern Michigan man will spend 30 to 60 years in prison in the sexual assault and slaying of an 11-year-old girl.

Daniel Furlong was sentenced Monday in St. Joseph County.

Jodi Parrack’s body was found Nov. 8, 2007, in Constantine Township Cemetery near the Indiana state line. She had been lured into Furlong’s garage and strangled.

The state police took over the investigation in 2011 and assigned a team to focus solely on finding the girl’s killer. DNA taken after Furlong was arrested in a separate sexual assault case matched evidence found on Jodi.

Furlong pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Jodi’s mother, Valerie Jo Gilson, told the court Monday that “Jodi is forever gone and everyone who loves her will never be the same.”