NIXA, Mo.-- Her name has topped headlines for decades.
Jackie Johns of Nixa was loved by so many. She was raped and murdered in 1985.
Her father, Les Johns, has passed away. He was 85 years old. Family members tell us he had congestive heart failure. They say Les would have said he died from being 85-- saying he never lost his sense of humor.
Les was able to see his daughter's killer brought to justice.
Gerald Carnahan was convicted and sentenced in October 2010 for Jackie's rape and murder.
Carnahan will never get out of prison.
Prosecutors were initially going to go for the death penalty in that case, but decided to pursue only life in prison so that Les Johns could see the end of the trial.
Death penalty cases can take much longer, so there was fear that Les might pass away during what could have been a much more lengthy court process.