WV Man Gets 30 Years in Ex-Wife's Murder

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Huntington, W.Va. (AP) -- A Huntington man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for killing his ex-wife, whose body was found inside a trash can.

62-year-old Wayne Burton Brown pleaded guilty Friday in Cabell County Circuit Court to second-degree murder in the November 2007 shooting of Mary Joe Brown.

Wayne Brown entered a Kennedy plea, in which the defendant doesn't admit guilt.

Court records showed the 59-year-old victim wasn't reported missing until Feb. 14, 2008. Four days later, police found her body inside a 50-gallon trash can underneath the couple's home.

The couple divorced in 1999. A relative of the victim testified they were living together for financial reasons.

Wayne Brown will be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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