A 54-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to 30 years in New Jersey state prison for the 2016 strangling death of a 45-year-old Lumberton woman.

William Gennett, of Tabernacle, was convicted by a Burlington County jury of first-degree murder in the death of Shannon O'Rourke inside her Nassau Road residence on July 5, 2016. Gennett also was convicted of fourth-degree stalking.

Gennett killed O'Rourke after she rejected his attempts to turn their friendship into a romantic relationship, prosecutors said. Gennett used a smartphone app to track her whereabouts without her knowledge.