- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

PROVO, Utah (AP) - A Utah judge sentenced a man convicted of killing his wife to the maximum sentence Monday despite the man’s insistence that he’s innocent.

Conrad Truman, 33, refused to apologize for his wife’s October 2012 death during a sentencing Monday in Provo, The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1KBZGxM)

“I’ll be fighting this thing until I die, if I must,” said Truman during a 30-minute address to the judge. “I can’t say sorry for something I did not do. I won’t say sorry. It’s not my fault that she shot herself.”

Judge Samuel McVey sentenced Truman to 15 years to life on the murder conviction and one to 15 years on obstruction of justice. They will be served consecutively.

Truman was found guilty in October of killing his wife, Heidy, after a night of drinking, possibly to collect nearly $1 million in insurance money. Prosecutors say she died of a point-blank gunshot to the head after an argument, and murder was the only explanation.

Conrad Truman said he loved his wife, and he found her with a gunshot wound to the head after she went to take a shower. Conrad Truman’s attorney, Ron Yengich, said she may have thought she heard an intruder and accidently shot herself after grabbing her gun while still she was still wet from the shower.

Conrad Truman said Monday that there is no hard evidence that he killed his wife, calling the state’s case against him circumstantial. “I swear to God I didn’t shoot her, your honor,” Truman said.

Heidy Truman’s sister, Amanda Wagner, lamented that Conrad Truman showed no remorse in court.

“One thing he didn’t do up there was say that he loved her and that he was sorry that this happened,” Amanda Wagner said. “He never cried.”

Heidy Truman’s mother, Janet Wagner, said outside court: “There’s nothing worse than having your child ripped from you . in a senseless act of violence.”

Yengich didn’t take questions from reporters after the hearing, but he indicated to the judge that his client will likely appeal the verdict.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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