Des Moines man sentenced to 50 years in prison for killing his wife


Connie Simmons

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been sentenced to up to 50 years in prison for killing and dismembering his wife last year.

The Des Moines Register reports that 33-year-old Datron Simmons must serve at least 35 years behind bars following his sentencing on Friday.

A jury convicted Simmons last month of second-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Connie Simmons. Police found her body in a wooded area near the couple’s home in September.

Police said Datron Simmons told officers that he tried to conceal the death by disposing of her body. Authorities believe he killed his wife on Sept. 6.

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