- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CENTER, Neb. (AP) - A 66-year-old man has taken a plea deal and been convicted of second-degree murder in the slaying of his wife in northeast Nebraska.

Prosecutors had lowered the charge against Phillip Privett from first-degree murder. Privett also pleaded no contest to a weapons charge on Tuesday. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on May 26.

Prosecutors say Privett shot to death his wife, 66-year-old Linda Privett, at their home in Verdigre (VUR’-dih-gree) on Oct. 20.

Privett’s attorneys had been checking into having him plead insanity, but prosecutors say an evaluation of Privett earlier this month showed that he did not fulfill the criteria necessary for such a plea and that he would have been mentally competent to stand trial.

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