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Former NC Marine pleads guilty to killing wife

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- The attorney for a former Camp Lejeune Marine says the man will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty to killing his wife, an Army nurse.

Multiple media outlets reported that Cpl. John Wimunc pleaded guilty in Fayetteville on Monday to first-degree murder in the 2008 death of his wife, Army 2nd Lt. Holley Lynn Wimunc of Dubuque, Iowa.

Firefighters found the charred remains of the 24-year-old Fort Bragg nurse in a shallow grave in a woods near Camp Lejeune. Her apartment in Fayetteville had been set on fire earlier.

Defense attorney D.W. Bray says the plea agreement with the Cumberland County District Attorney's Office spares his client the possibility of the death penalty.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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