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Washington state man gets 30 years for killing wife at work

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man in Washington state to more than 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife at work two years ago.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Jennifer Langbehn sentenced Jeffery Phebus, 61, on Monday after he pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge in April, The Daily Herald reported Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Phebus shot and killed his wife Rebecca Phebus, 57, on May 24, 2019, at the Achilles USA Inc. plastics manufacturing plant in Everett. Jeffery Phebus had been fired from the company a month earlier after it said he made a threat against an employee.

Police said Phebus entered his former workplace wearing a company jacket, went to a maintenance building and shot his wife.

His attorneys Christine Olson and Caroline Mann agreed in a plea deal with deputy prosecutor Matthew Pittman in suggesting a sentence at the high end of the 25- to 31-year sentencing range.

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