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Man Gets Life for Shooting Wife Outside Church

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By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Friday, October 2, 2009; 10:49 AM

A 53-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the fatal shooting of his estranged wife outside a Silver Spring church during Sunday services.

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Kevin Kelly admitted shooting Patricia Simmons Kelly in the parking lot of People's Community Baptist Church in February, but tried to convince the jury that the killing was not premeditated.

The jury did not believe that and convicted Kelly of first degree murder last month after deliberating for less than an hour.

In sentencing Kelly on Friday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Terrence J. McGann called Kelly a "self-absorbed egocentric murderer."

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