(Update): 01/08/14 1:15 p.m.: Ray County Judge David Miller heard from the victim’s family, a crime scene investigator and defense attorneys. He then sentenced Mark Rhodes to life in prison for Murder in the Second Degree and an additional 15 years for the count of Armed Criminal Action. The sentences are to run consecutively, meaning Rhodes will never be eligible for parole.
In early November on day two of the jury trial against Carrollton resident Mark Rhodes, 46, the defense changed the plea to guilty.
Rhodes was charged with murder and armed criminal action in connection to the death of his ex-wife Tina Rhodes in September of 2010. He admitted to strangling her and cutting her with a knife, shortly after the plea deal was announced.
Rhodes will be sentenced Wednesday morning by Ray County Judge David Miller. That sentencing hearing is set to begin at 10:30 a.m.
KMZU’s Sarah Scott will be in the courtroom and provide a report as soon as the sentence is handed down.