NY woman who killed husband, hid body in manure sentenced to 25 years

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WARSAW, N.Y. — A New York woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing her husband and burying his body in a pile of manure.

Charlene Mess was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing her husband and burying his body under a manure pile on the couple’s western New York farm. (New York State Police)

Charlene Mess, 49, of Attica was sentenced Thursday in Wyoming County Court, where she pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the April 2015 death of Douglas Mess, her husband of 30 years.

Authorities say Charlene Mess apparently had an argument with her 52-year-old husband before hitting him with a pitchfork and shooting him in the head with a .22-caliber rifle. She then buried his body in a manure pile on the family’s dairy farm in western New York, officials said.

One of his sons reported him missing when Mess didn’t show up to work. State troops launched a seven-hour search that ended when his body was found concealed under three feet of manure located about 100 yards from the couple’s home.

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