TULSA, Oklahoma - A judge has sentenced an Arkansas man to life in prison without parole for the 2010 killing of a 22-year-old woman.

LeFlore County District Judge Jonathan Sullivan followed the jury's recommendations when he handed down the sentence Wednesday for Elvis Thacker.

Thacker was convicted in April of first-degree murder in the death of Briana Ault of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Thacker's attorneys blamed his brother, Johnathen Thacker, with killing Ault. They said Johnathen pled guilty to first-degree murder, received life in prison and agreed to testify for the prosecution.

He is set to be formally sentencing Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.