A Florida man charged with killing his estranged wife — whose disappearance he tried to cover up by claiming she had COVID-19 — has led cops to her body as part of a plea deal with prosecutors.
David Anthony, 44, of Jupiter, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder and kidnapping in the March disappearance of 51-year-old Gretchen Anthony, whose suspected remains were found about 3 miles from her Abacoa home after he told authorities where they could find her body, the Palm Beach Post reported.
Investigators made the find later Monday, Jupiter police told reporters.
“We hope that this will bring closure to family now that Gretchen has been located,” Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said.
Anthony will receive a 38-year prison term at his sentencing early next year under the plea deal. Had he not cooperated and told investigators where they could find his estranged wife’s remains, the agreement would’ve been voided and he would face a first-degree murder charge, the newspaper reported.
If convicted of first-degree murder, a capital felony, Anthony could have been eligible for the death sentence rather than up to life in prison for a second-degree murder conviction, Florida penal code shows.
Prosecutors said Monday’s developments gave Gretchen’s relatives a much-needed sense of closure in her slaying, including her mother and 12-year-old daughter.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Joshua Rhett Miller