EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A man was sentenced Thursday to nearly 29 years in prison for killing his mail-order bride rather than go through a costly second divorce.
In court, Indle Gifford King Jr. told the judge, ``I absolutely fully accept the verdict of the jury. I don't want my family affected by me.''
King, 40, was convicted last month of first-degree murder and witness tampering in the death of his wife, Anastasia, whose body was found in a shallow grave in 2000. She was from the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.
Prosecutors said at trial that Indle King had filed for divorce from his wife, his second mail-order bride, but was upset at the thought of paying for the divorce. His first divorce cost him $55,000, jurors were told.
Daniel Larson, a boarder in the Kings' home, testified that King sat on top of Anastasia King while Larson strangled her with a necktie. He received a 20-year sentence for second-degree murder.
Associated Press, March 28, 2002