Former Lawman Sentenced To Life In Prison For Wife's Murder

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(KAKE)-- Brett Seacat has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife, Vashti.

During the sentencing that lasted about an hour and a half, several member's of Vashti's family addressed Seacat and the court. Seacat also spoke, making accusations of abuse towards Vashti's family, even accusing Judge Larry Solomon of suppressing evidence .

Judge Solomon handed down the sentence just before 11 a.m. Monday, calling Seacat's statements "bizarre." He sentenced Seacat to life in prison, but he will be eligible for parole in 25 years. He was also sentenced to an additional 61 months for aggravated arson.

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KINGMAN, Kan. (AP) - A former Kansas police instructor and sheriff's deputy is due to be sentenced for the April 2011 shooting death of his wife.

Brett Seacat was convicted in June of first-degree murder, aggravated arson and child endangerment. The body of 34-year-old Vashti Seacat was found in the charred remains of their Kingman home.

The sentencing is scheduled for Monday morning.

Prosecutors are no longer asking the judge for a sentence of 50 years without parole. That request was withdrawn after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juries, rather than judges, may consider facts that could result in longer minimum sentences.

Vashti Seacat died 16 days after she filed for divorce. Authorities accused Brett Seacat of killing her and setting fire to their house. He and their two sons escaped the fire.