UPDATE (4/22/14): McCullough filed an appeal of his life sentence for the murder of Maria Ridulph back in 1957. A key witness in the case, Kathy Chapman, identified McCullough as the man who gave Ridulph a piggyback ride before she disappeared.
In his appeal, McCullough says it's a "romantic notion" that Chapman could identify him as the killer despite 50 years passing between her testimony in court and the date of the murder.
WTVO/WQRF (12/10/12): Jack McCullough is sentenced this morning after being found guilty of murdering Maria Ridulph back in 1957.
McCullough is sentenced to natural life in prison for Ridulph's murder, 5 years for kidnapping and 1 year for abduction.
McCullough was given a choice on whether he wanted to be sentenced under 1957 statute or today's law. He chose the 1957 statute.
Maria Ridulph, 7, was abducted while playing with a friend in December 1957. Her body was discovered months later near Galena, IL. McCullough, 72, was 17 years old at the time and lived near Ridulph's home.
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