- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A 51-year-old Alaska woman charged with killing her husband who was missing for weeks before police found his body buried under snow on their property in Fairbanks has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Monica Dee Forbes was sentenced Friday for the 2015 death of Michael Pope, 51. Forbes pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in October as part of a plea deal that required her sentence be no more than 30 years, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported (https://bit.ly/2qiyuDj).

Forbes was accused of shooting Pope while he slept, keeping his body in a cabin loft until it began to decompose and having Sean Cameron Jenkins help her bury Pope.

Jenkins was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his role in the killing.

During Forbes‘ sentencing, she read a letter describing Pope as her “only true friend.”

“I met him when I was 34 and before that I would only describe my life as a chaotic mess,” Forbes said. “The first half of my marriage with Michael were the happiest years of my life.”

She added that their relationship later became “dysfunctional.”

Justin Racette, Forbes‘ attorney, said the couple’s relationship problems and his client’s drug abuse led her to kill Pope.

“When you put all that together, Ms. Forbes didn’t feel like she had any other way out of this situation,” Racette said. “That was a wrong belief on her part, and she knows that now for sure.”

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, https://www.newsminer.com


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