- Associated Press - Friday, April 10, 2020

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Kalispell man who was convicted of killing his wife 40 years ago has died in prison after an extended illness, Department of Corrections officials said.

Jerry Forsyth, 74, died Wednesday. His death was not related to the coronavirus, Montana State Prison spokeswoman Amy Barton said.

Forsyth was tried three times for shooting and killing Karen Forsyth, 31, in December 1979. Prosecutors said he was having an affair and wanted to keep her share of the bowling alley they owned. Forsyth and his friend planned the murder to make it look like a robbery, prosecutors said.

His first trial ended in a conviction that was overturned and his second trial ended in a hung jury. Forsyth was convicted in 1986 and sentenced to 110 years in prison. His most recent parole request was rejected in 2018.

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