Man gets 43 years in wife's death

February 18, 2010

A Boone County man who admitted he killed his ex-wife in front of the couple’s son will spend up to 43 years behind bars. Michael Stayer accepted a plea deal, admitting to voluntary manslaughter for the June 2009 killing of his ex-wife Beth Stayer. The Stayer's 5-year-old son witnessed part of the murder. Judge Steve David on Wednesday called Stayer “a man without remorse” and “a coward.” The relatively light sentence could prompt stronger penalties for those who commit crimes in front of their children. The Indiana Senate is now looking at legislation that would impose tougher sentences for those offenders.

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