COVINGTON, Va. (AP) – A Covington man convicted of killing his wife and burying her in a cemetery will spend 40 years in prison.
Adan Quiroz Rodriguez received a 32-year sentence for first-degree murder, a five-year sentence for concealing a body and a three-year sentence for using a firearm to commit a felony. The sentences are to run consecutively.
The Roanoke Times reported that Rodriguez was sentenced Friday in Alleghany County Circuit Court.
Rodriguez pleaded no contest to the charges earlier this year.
Officers with the Alleghany County Sheriff's Office found the remains of Rodriguez's wife, Ashley Rodriguez, in a shallow grave at Allegany Memorial Park last year. Police say Adan Rodriguez worked at the cemetery at the time.
U.S. marshals arrested Adan Rodriguez on May 30, 2013, in Charlotte, North Carolina.