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Peoria Man Admits Murdering Estranged Wife

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:32:23 CDT
By: AP

A central Illinois man was sentenced to 55 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing his estranged wife. 45-year-old Phouvone Sophanavong entered the plea during a status hearing. He was charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping for the November death of his wife, 28-year-old Laongdao Phangthong. She'd been shot twice in the chest and her body was found in a parked car. He was arrested after a nine-hour standoff at his Peoria home. Speaking in court, Sophanavong said: "I'm responsible for what happened."

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