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Man sentenced to 50 years in wife’s slaying


DANBURY (AP) — A man was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison for the 1984 slaying of his wife, a crime that came to light three years ago after her skeletal remains were found stuffed under a barn floor.

John Heath, 70, of Bridgewater, was convicted in October of killing his wife, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Heath was in her 30s when her husband reported her missing, a little over a week after he filed for divorce. The couple had a 4-year-old daughter. John Heath said he did not know what had happened to his wife.

Heath remarried the following year, to a woman who baby-sat their daughter, according to his arrest affidavit. Elizabeth Heath’s sister-in-law told police that Elizabeth feared her husband was going to kill her and said that if anything ever happened to her, “you know that John did it,” according to an affidavit.

The medical examiner’s office determined that Elizabeth Heath died from blows to the head.

Her remains, wrapped in bedding and garbage bags, were found in 2010 at the couple’s former property in Newtown, where the new owner came upon them while tearing up the barn floor.

Heath has indicated he intends to appeal the conviction.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 53 years, while a defense attorney sought the minimum sentence of 25 years.



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