"I anticipate his continued cooperation in the investigation," Medina County District Attorney Tony Hackebeil said in a story in Tuesday's San Antonio Express-News.
The defendant was jailed in California on a theft charge in 2001 when he
told of strangling a young airman in San Antonio years before.Thomason's account contained details that linked him to the disappearance of Prince, 26, on Nov. 9, 1990.
Until then, authorities said, they had no leads in the slaying of Prince, whose skeletal remains were found on a ranch in Medina County
16 months after he
Prince's parents complained about not being consulted on the plea bargain and called the sentence too lenient.
"I know that he's
been helping, but I still think he
should get the death penalty.
"Under the circumstances, I thought this is an appropriate plea sentence," Hackebeil
said, noting that Thomason voluntarily came to Texas, led officers to the murder scene and provided other useful information.