A Duchesne man has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for stabbing his wife to death in a 2011 murder-suicide attempt.
Charles Dodd, 78, pleaded guilty Monday in 8th District Court to first-degree felony murder of his wife, Mary Ratliff.
Ratliff's body was found in the couple's home Aug. 13, 2011, after a family friend received from Dodd a package containing a suicide note and $7,000 for burial expenses. Ratliff was lying on a hospital-style bed, with multiple stab wounds in her chest, according to court documents. Dodd was unconscious in a chair nearby, with a puncture wound to his chest and a cut on his head. A bloody hunting knife was on a table near Ratliff's bed.