A New Jersey man acquitted of murder charges in the strangulation death of an elderly man killed during a home robbery two years ago has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Reginald Anthony (Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Reginald Anthony of East Orange had faced up to 10 years in prison after being convicted last month of conspiracy to commit burglary. But Essex County prosecutors sought an extended term, citing Anthony's extensive criminal record, and a judge agreed on Wednesday.

Anthony could have faced up to life in prison if he had been convicted of murdering 91-year-old Robert Nevius, who was found in his Essex Fells home in April 2010. Anthony claimed an accomplice committed the slaying.

Prosecutors say Nevius was killed during a robbery after Anthony gave the victim's wife a ride to New York.

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