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Justice served as 75-year-old woman sentenced to life in prison for killing husband 40 years ago

By Mason White 3:05 PM August 27, 2014
Alice Uden 

By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A woman admitted that she killed her husband in his sleep 40 years ago.

Justice was served as a judge in Wyoming, sentenced the 75-year-old woman of Missouri, to life in prison for killing her third husband when he was just 25 years old.

Alice Uden admitted to killing her husband with a rifle in the 1970s. She then threw his body into an abandoned gold mine.

For 40 years the family of Ronald Holtz, had no idea what happened to him and were left grieving without getting closure about his mysterious disappearance.

One year ago, his body was found, and Uden was subsequently arrested nearly 40 years after the crime took place.

Defendant Alice sat quietly in her wheelchair before speaking at the hearing. Uden sobbed as she addressed the court about the death of her third husband, Holtz.

“I have tried to atone for this,” Uden said. “I wish I’ve never met him so none of this would have happened. He was a very scary man.”

The jury did not believe her argument that she killed her husband in self-defense, and she was found guilty of murder.

The son of Uden, Todd Scott, testified that his mother told him decades ago that she shot Holtz as he slept. Previous attempts to find his remains failed as the mine was filled with corpses of cattle and other farm animals.

Last summer, authorities dug a deeper and wide hole, and finally found his remains.

Defense attorney Donald Miller, asked the judge to sentence Uden to probation because her grown daughter has cancer and she has been given only six months to live.

However, the judge sentenced her to life in prison.

Interestingly enough, the woman’s fourth and current husband, 72-year-old Gerald Uden, pleaded guilty in November to three counts of first-degree murder for shooting his former wife and two children in Wyoming, in 1980.

He killed his former wife, 32-year-old Virginia Uden, and her two sons, Richard Uden, 11, and Reagan Uden. He was also sentenced to life in prison.