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Ault man acknowledges suffocating wife on Christmas Eve 2011, gets 25 years in prison


GREELEY, Colorado — An Ault man accused of suffocating his wife on Christmas Eve 2011 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Greeley Tribune reports ( ) 31-year-old Matthew Patrick Gunsallus entered his plea Thursday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He was accused of suffocating 25-year-old Kristen Elizabeth Lujan by covering her face with a pillow during an argument. Investigators say Gunsallus told them a demonic voice told him how to discard evidence and stage the scene to avoid detection.

Christopher Lujan, Kristen Lujan's father, said he was disappointed with the plea deal, in which prosecutors dropped the original first-degree murder charge. He says "you can't put a number on my daughter's life. He took my daughter's life. It should be a life for a life."

Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co,

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