Bartow, FL -- A Polk County Judge has sentenced Jerry Seger to life in prison for the murder of 24-year-old Courtney Bright.
In April 2010, Bright's body was found inside a foreclosed home located at 3510 Knights Station in Lakeland. The victim was a homeless woman who, friends say, was trying to get her life back on track.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Bright had been dating Ashley Dunn. Detectives arrested Dunn's father, Jerry Lee Seger, now 43, and charged him with one count of murder in Bright's death.
According to the arrest affidavit, Seger blamed Bright for his daughter's arrest, telling a friend he never liked Bright and was going to kill her.
Investigators say Seger followed through on that threat, pretending to give Bright a ride on Tuesday, April 20 2010.
An hour and a half later, Seger's friend says Seger returned with some women's clothing, shoes and a wallet in the back of his Ford Explorer and refused to say where Bright was.
The friend told detectives Seger admitted to killing Bright and that he needed to get rid of her body. The friend says Seger refused to say where Bright's body was located.
But before Seger could do so, investigators say a couple who was looking at the Knights Station Road property discovered her body.
Seger was convicted of second-degree murder last month.
His life sentence was the maximum allowed under the law.