Lynnwood man gets 18 years for strangling wifeNovember 7, 2013 @ 10:52 am
SEATTLE (AP) - A Lynnwood man was sentenced Thursday to an 18-year prison term for strangling his wife seven years ago.
David Pietz (peets) was arrested in March 2012 by cold case detectives and convicted last month of second-degree murder for the death of Nicole Pietz.
Her naked body was found in 2006 in a wooded area of Burien several days after she disappeared.
Her relatives and friends spoke about their loss at the sentencing hearing in King County Superior Court, but Pietz did not make a statement.
King County prosecutors said he nearly got away with murder. Detectives built a case using cell phone records and tiny amounts of DNA found in her car.
The defense lawyer said Pietz was wrongly accused and that prosecutors failed to establish a motive.
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