Wyoming man gets life in prison for wife’s shooting death

Wyoming man gets life in prison for wife’s shooting death

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CODY (AP) — A man convicted of killing his wife in northwest Wyoming has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Cody Enterprise reports 77-year-old Dennis Klingbeil was sentenced Thursday for the August 2018 death of Donna Klingbeil at the couple's home. A jury convicted him of first-degree murder.

Defense attorneys argued not much is known about what happened the night of the slaying and noted Klingbeil didn't have an incentive or motive to kill his wife of 43 years. But police say Klingbeil and his wife had been arguing over the ownership of $3.6 million worth of Park County assets in a revocable trust before she was shot to death.

Klingbeil expressed sorrow and regret during Thursday’s hearing, saying his actions the day of the slaying were inconsistent with the life he had shared with his wife.

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