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December 22, 2011

Cobb sentenced in first degree murder

Wendy Cobb, 46, was formally sentenced on a first degree murder conviction Wednesday.

Cobb was convicted of murder in the death of her husband, Michael Cobb. He was found dead in the couple’s burned home April 28, 2009.

A jury found Cobb guilty in October and recommended life in prison. Although the possibility of parole exists, the state considers a life sentence to be 45 years. Anyone sentenced to life must serve 85 percent of that time before being eligible for parole. That means Cobb will become eligible for parole when she is 84 years old.

Cobb committed the murder in concert with Nicholas Shires. Shires testified to Cobb’s involvement in the murder plot in exchange for 22 years in prison. He was 24 when he made the deal.

Cobb’s attorney, Paul Brunton, made a statement before District Judge Terry McBride imposed the sentence.

“Our investigation was substantial in this case,” Brunton said, “and I have the conviction that Mr. Shires had help. I hope someone in law enforcement keeps carrying that ball down the road (to get everyone who was involved).”

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