Pocatello Man Pleads Guilty to Wife’s Murder


(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.

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