- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

ALEDO, Ill. (AP) - A western Illinois man was sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his estranged wife.

WGIL-AM Radio in Galesburg reports (https://bit.ly/1svMmiH ) that 46-year-old William “Pete” White pleaded guilty on Monday to an amended charge of first-degree murder in the bludgeoning death of wife outside their Viola home three years ago.

His guilty plea came as part of a deal with Mercer County prosecutors.

The 39-year-old Melissa White was killed Oct. 22, 2011. William White apologized in court, telling the family that, “saying I’m sorry doesn’t begin to say how sorry I am.”

Mercer County Assistant State’s Attorney Meeghan Lee did not answer reporters’ questions about the plea deal, but said in court that Melissa White’s family agreed to it.

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