Life term for man who killed terminally ill wife

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 11:43 PM

TROY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri man has been sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison for killing his terminally ill wife.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 43-year-old Russell Scott Faria of Lincoln County was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in November of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Betsy Faria, was found stabbed to death on Dec. 27, 2011. She was battling liver cancer at the time.

At the sentencing hearing, her sister, Julie Swaney, said Betsy Faria had two life insurance policies, and her husband had been beneficiary on both. Swaney says her sister changed the beneficiary on one before she was killed, and planned to do so on the other.

Russell Faria's attorney, Joel Schwartz, says the case was built on conjecture, and he plans to appeal.

 

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