Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Man sentenced to 27 years for wife's death

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney in Marquette, MI sentenced 25 year old Derek Linklater to 27 years in federal prison for killing his wife hours after they were married.

Loretta Wandahsega's body was found last July in her home on Hannahville Indian Community land. She belonged to the Potawatomi Tribe of American Indians. An autopsy showed the 34-year-old woman died from a blow to the head. When entering his plea last year, Linklater told a judge the couple had a heated argument hours after they were married July 11, 2007.

Felonies occuring on tribal land have federal jurisdiction. Linklater's formal charge was 2nd degree murder.

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