Elderly Woman Sentenced to 20 Years for Murdering Her Husband 40 Years Ago

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We know it isn't unusual for it to take many months or even years for a jury and judge to decide the fate of a suspect involved in a difficult court case, but even the most jaded of citizens will have a hard time believing this one. Alice Uden is 75 years old and the Missouri woman has just been found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing her husband 40 years ago.

And, if you think that's odd, just wait until you hear the rest of the details of this crazy story.

First of all, there's a perfectly good excuse why it has taken four decades to determine whether Alice was guilty. Back in 1974 or '75, she reportedly shot her husband, Ronald Holtz, in the back of the head while he slept and then buried his body in an abandoned gold mine.

But she then carried on with life as if nothing had happened, divorcing Ronald in 1975 in a default judgment that made it seem as if he had taken off and could no longer be found.

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Wait until you hear how she became a suspect in her husband's murder: she ended up remarrying a man named Gerald Uden -- her current hubby -- and, in 1980, police suspected he was responsible for the disappearance of his ex-wife and two sons.

Are you getting all this?! Hold on, there's more:

Just last year, Gerald pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the deaths of his ex-wife and sons and police in Wyoming were finally able to recover Ronald's remains in the mine.

But Alice has held firm that her ex-husband had threatened to hurt their toddler daughter and that she murdered him in order to defend her child. This is a tricky one because, considering how the only witness was barely out of diapers, you can imagine how difficult it would be for a jury to decide whether her claim is true.

Regardless, she buried her husband's body and kept it secret for all of these years. She allowed Ronald's family and their own daughter to wonder what had happened to the man -- to mourn his loss -- when she knew all along where he was. There's just no excuse for her behavior.

In the end, they convicted her on second-degree murder charges, which still pretty much means she'll be spending the rest of her life behind bars. It may have taken a long time to get to this point, but the important thing is that both Alice and Gerald will be held accountable for murder and are getting exactly what they deserve.

Do you think Alice Uden should have received a lighter punishment because she is an elderly woman?

 

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