Man found guilty of strangling Cleveland woman and burning body

CLEVELAND - The man accused of strangling a woman and burning her remains was found guilty on Friday.

On Dec. 14, the severely burned body of 23-year-old Kimberly Bolton was found in the backyard of a house on Bayliss Avenue in Cleveland.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said Nathaniel Woods, 52, of Cleveland, strangled her at his house on Edna Avenue before burning her body. The remains were burned beyond recognition and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified using fingerprints.

A Cuyahoga County jury found Woods guilty of aggravated murder, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. The trial lasted 11 days and now Woods faces a maximum sentenced of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He will be sentenced on Dec. 17, nearly a year after he was arrested for the crime.

The case was featured on the A&E documentary show "The First 48" in April. The episode followed Detectives Mike Smith and Walley Everett during the investigation of Bolton's death.

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