Sergeant gets 14 years in prison for wife's murder

Sergeant gets 14 years in prison for wife's murder
Sgt. Sheldon Plummer listens to testimony from his wife's family at Friday's sentencing.
OLYMPIA, Wash. - A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who admitted he killed his wife and stuffed her body in a storage crate was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison on Friday.

A Thurston County Superior Court judge handed down the sentence after Sgt. Sheldon Plummer said he was guilty of the crime of murder and that he was sorry for what he had done.

The prison term was in the middle of the standard sentencing range of 10 years to about 18 years.

During Friday's court hearing, family members also spoke about what Plummer's wife, Winter Plummer, had meant to them.

"I wake up in the middle of the night, and I cry and cry, and think about what has happened," said her mother. "I just wonder where she is now. I just look beyond the sky and wish I knew where she is."

Plummer earlier had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Winter Plummer, whose body was found April 23 in the garage of the couple's home near Lacey.

An investigation was launched after a friend of the soldier came to police and reported a suspicious conversation he had with Plummer about his wife, who had been missing for about a month.

"Basically the conversation centered on how you would dispose of a body," Thurston County Sheriff Lt. Chris Mealy said in April after Plummer's arrest.

Plummer initially told police that his wife had decided to leave but, after being told police planned to search his home, he confessed to strangling his wife to death during an argument in February.

The soldier and his wife have a 2-year-old child.

His wife also served in the Army and completed a tour in Iraq. She left the service to be a full-time mother for her daughter.

Sgt. Plummer had been deployed to Iraq three times.