A Vermont man found guilty of beating his wife to death hours after she filed for divorce has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison.

Forty-five-year-old James Robarge was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2013 death of his wife, 42-year-old Kelly Robarge.

The couple's two daughters spoke tearfully Friday about losing their mother and best friend but also bemoaned the loss of their father.

One of Robarge's lawyers read a statement from him that said he loves his daughters and misses their mother as much as they do. He has denied killing his wife.

Kelly Robarge disappeared from her Charlestown, New Hampshire, home June 27, 2013. Her badly decomposed body was found 10 days later in Unity.