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Man pleads guilty to killing former Region 8 woman

Thomas Pate  (Source:  Shelby Co. Sheriff's Office) Thomas Pate (Source: Shelby Co. Sheriff's Office)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Tennessee man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife.

According to the Commercial Appeal, Thomas Pate entered the plea Monday as part of an agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.

Pate was accused of killing 26-year-old Micah Pate and leaving her body by the Loosahatchie River near Memphis in April 2009.

Authorities say Pate initially told them she disappeared after leaving their home for a walk but later said he shot her accidentally while they were doing target practice.

Thomas Pate, a former Harding University basketball player, met his wife while they were attending the school in Searcy, Ark., where she grew up.

His attorney, Leslie Ballin, didn't immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.

 

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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