Alabama Man Sentenced to 99 Years in Wife's Death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

CENTREVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- A man accused of killing his wife 14 years ago has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.

Reports say William Jody Byrd was sentenced Wednesday in his wife's February 1999 death.

Investigators have said Byrd initially told them he found his 29-year-old wife, Desta, dead from a gunshot wound to her head in the driveway when he came home from work. Investigators initially ruled the woman's death a suicide, but charged Byrd in May 2011.

Reports also say that a grand jury said the woman was killed for insurance money.

A Bibb County Circuit Court judge ordered Byrd to also pay court costs, pay $10,000 to the Alabama Crime Victim Compensation Fund and additional restitution.

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