Man Sentenced in Three Decade Old Cold Case

September 27, 2013 Updated May 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM EDT

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 21, 2010 at 5:39 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Case closed in another Western New York cold case murder.

It was 35-years ago when 19-year-old Michelle Dixon was shot repeatedly and killed on Carl Street in Buffalo. Friday, the man convicted of her murder, Bernard Thomas, was sentenced to 25-years to life in prison.

Prosecutors say the case was re-opened more than a year ago, and credit new technologies with helping to close it. Investigators were able to match Thomas' DNA with the DNA left at the crime scene 35-years ago.

"She won't get the opportunity to get married, give us a little niece or nephew or a grandchild for my dad. He took away a lot, took away a lot from her and we miss her," said Deborah Bowie, the sister of Michelle Dixon.

Hear more from the family and from inside the court tonight on Eyewitness News beginning at 5:00 p.m.