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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty on Wife's Death in 1995; Directs Authorities to Estranged Wife's Gravesite [VIDEO]

Update Date: Apr 04, 2017 07:10 AM EDT

John Sandoval, a man from Colorado, pleads guilty to estranged wife's murder. The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and has led the police authorities to the gravesite of her then wife Tina Sandoval.

On Oct. 19, 1995, Tina went missing after meeting with his then husband and was presumed dead. She was just 23 years old back then and reports say that Tina told her sister that if anything actually happened to her, it was her ex-husband's doing. The husband was the prime suspect in the case due to known factors that they were estranged and he was the last one to have seen her.

Tina and John separated three months prior to the incident of her missing. Family members said that the two met to discuss debt and divorce, and that was the last time they have seen Tina alive.

Twenty-two years later, the man pleads guilty to wife's death and directed authorities on a grave beneath a World War II soldier, Arthur Hert. What's left of her were wrapped in a plastic and was buried in an estimate of two feet under the soldier, an article in the Inquisitr said.

John Sandoval said in an interview that he worked at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery and found the open grave of the soldier and decided to bury his wife there. Although the man pleads guilty to wife's death, Sandoval did not admit killing her.

An agreement with the prosecutors was for him to serve 25 years in prison and a matter of five years parole in exchange for directing and leading the investigators on where the woman was buried.

Approximately 7,826 days and six hours from when she was last seen alive, her body was recovered and is now in the hands of her family. Tina's family wants to dispose and bury the body in a private manner but they are still somewhat undecided given the turn of events, a report by the 9 News noted.


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