Man pleads guilty to killing wife, sentenced to 20 years

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has admitted he killed his estranged wife during an argument last August.

James Michael Kiser, 41, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Wednesday as part of a plea deal with Kanawha County prosecutors, news outlets reported. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with credit for time served per the terms of the plea deal.

Kiser apologized during the hearing to the family of his former wife, Crystal Dawn Kiser, and told the judge he killed her during a heated argument in August at her grandmother’s home.

Prosecutors say Crystal Dawn Kiser wanted a divorce and was staying with her grandmother.

Prosecutor Don Morris has said he believes James Kiser was stalking Crystal Kiser, who had twice filed domestic violence petitions against her husband.

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