LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) _ A Kansas City man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his wife, whose body has never been found.
Shon A. Pernice was sentenced Friday in the January 2009 death of Renee Pernice. She disappeared from the couple's home after filing for divorce.
Pernice pleaded guilty in February to voluntary manslaughter. He admitted to investigators that he hit his 35-year-old wife during an argument and she died after falling down a flight of stairs.
Authorities believe Pernice put his wife's body in a trash bag. They say her body likely ended up in a two-acre landfill in Shawnee, Kan.
In January 2010, a Clay County judge awarded guardianship of the couple's two sons to Renee's mother.