A St. Charles Parish judge tacked 30 years onto a life sentence as punishment for the man convicted of killing his girlfriend's teenage daughter and tossing her body into a drainage ditch in 2016. 

Life imprisonment was a mandatory punishment for Daniel Beckley, who in October was found guilty of second-degree murder in the slaying of 16-year-old Jorion White. He faced up to 40 years beyond that because he was also found guilty of obstruction of justice by the dumping of White's body. 

Beckley was sentenced Tuesday by 29th Judicial District Court Judge Tim Marcel.

The defendant also faced accusations that he sexually abused the daughter of his longtime girlfriend before killing her over text messages that suggested she may have been seeking romance with boys her age.

White's mother, Michelle Price, went to work at her overnight job on April 21, 2016, placing Beckley in charge of her daughter's care at the Kenner home they all shared.

White then went missing for three days. Her body was found in a ditch in a remote part of St. Rose on April 24, 2016. Authorities concluded she had been killed, but they couldn't determine exactly how because the body was too decomposed.

As many as 150 people showed up at White's home after she was found dead. Some of them accused Beckley of killing the girl. One of Price's relatives said she thought Beckley might have killed White because the girl believed she was pregnant with his child.

No evidence suggested White was pregnant. But investigators found Beckley's semen on her body, and extra-wide tire tracks seen near White's corpse matched those on his vehicle, in which White's blood was discovered.

Additionally, surveillance video showed Beckley's car had been in the vicinity of where White's body had been discarded.

Speaking with detectives, Beckley denied killing White or sexually abusing her. But that interview — played at his trial — apparently made investigators suspicious because he became angry after claiming he found text messages that suggested the girl was sleeping with multiple boys.

Beckley waived his right to a jury trial, leaving his fate up to Marcel, who found him guilty after a four-day trial.

Marcel on Tuesday cited a number of factors for the sentence he gave Beckley, including the defendant's relationship to the girl and what the judge considered to be an attempt to cast her morals in doubt.

St. Charles District Attorney Joel Chaisson called Beckley's punishment "just under the circumstances."

Chaisson's office said the victim's father, Joe White, addressed Beckley before Marcel handed down his sentence, describing how he had been "destroyed" by the defendant's actions. 

"You took my baby away from me," Joe White told Beckley. 

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