(POCATELLO) – A Pocatello man has pleaded guilty to the May 2011 death of his estranged wife.
Michael Lane Sparks faces a second-degree murder charge for killing Judith Rachel Johnson.
Sparks will have a minimum 20-year fixed sentence as part of the plea agreement.
Police say Johnson was bludgeoned to death with a rifle and baseball bat while the couple’s children were in another room.
Sparks claimed he was so intoxicated that he couldn’t remember the incident.
Sentencing is set for March 12.
Lois M. Collins, Deseret News