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Utah man found guilty of killing his wife sentenced to life in prison

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Feb 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-10 00:48:51-05

PROVO, Utah — Conrad Truman was sentenced 16 years to life in prison Monday afternoon after a jury found him guilty of the 2012 murder of his wife.

Truman, 32, was accused of shooting and killing his wife Heidy in their Orem home. He was found guilty of murder and obstruction of justice in October 2014.

Truman was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murder. He was sentenced to one to 15 years in prison for obstruction of justice.

Both sentences will be served consecutively.

Truman’s attorney asked for the minimum sentence in the case and that there was a courtroom full of people who love him.

Truman said he has been respectful during the court proceedings and if he killed his wife he’d admit to it – that’s how much he loved her.

“Mr. Truman is not a saint, he is not a martyr, he is a murderer,” said prosecutor Craig Johnson.

Truman addressed the judge for about 30 minutes before the sentencing, maintaining his innocence.

"Well I'm still here I'll be fighting this thing until the day I die, I did not kill my wife, there is just no way, there would be some proof I would think, if I really did it, and there is no proof," Truman said.

Conrad Truman said his wife Heidy accidentally shot herself while getting out of the bathtub inside their home.

"Listen to me please, I cannot say sorry for something I did not do and I will not say sorry, it is not my fault she shot herself," Truman said.

Truman said the investigation was botched and his trial was a big injustice. He also said accusations, by Heidy's family, of domestic violence toward his wife, are not true.

"I love and will continue to love Heidy Truman she was my best friend I liked her a lot and I loved her a great deal more,” Truman said.

Outside the courtroom, it was hugs and tears of relief among Heidy's family, but also disappointment over what Truman had said.

"He not only went up there to assassinate my sister who is innocent in every single way but to assassinate everyone who loved her and including himself by his own words -- Conrad is his own worst enemy," said Amanda Wagner, Heidy’s sister.

The family said they are most upset about what Truman didn't do in court.

"He never cried, through this moment that he relived, this moment where she was dying and choking on her blood, how could that not make anybody hurt," Wagner said.

"He has never shown any remorse. It's always been about him, and how sad and how hard it is for him," said Janet Wagner, Heidy’s mother.