MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ/AP) – A Warren man accused of strangling his wife and burying the body 220 miles away has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Loyd Dejohn, who was convicted of first-degree murder last month, didn’t speak during Thursday’s sentencing. His attorney, Mark Nortley, maintained that his client was remorseful and Kimberly Dejohn’s death was not planned.

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The 51-year-old woman’s body was found in June 2014 partially buried in Cheboygan County’s Koehler Township.

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Macomb County prosecutors argued that Loyd Dejohn killed his wife because he was in a relationship with a cousin about half his age.

Kimberly Dejohn was reported missing in May 2014 by her family. Her body was found weeks later, bound and covered with tarps and a ceiling fan motor and blades.

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