By Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia man has pleaded guilty to faking his death to desert from the U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says 33-year-old Larry C. Shelby of Martinsburg abandoned his vehicle and wrote suicide notes in 2013. Shelby then concealed his identity and isolated himself in a remote cabin.

Ihlenfeld says that Shelby’s wife, 33-year-old Karen Shelby, conspired with the non-commissioned officer in the plot. Karen Shelby told authorities that Larry Selby was missing. Karen Selby pleaded guilty Wednesday to making a false statement..

Ihlenfeld says the Coast Guard spent more than $100,000 searching for Larry Selby. Larry Selby faces up to six years in prison at sentencing.

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