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Originally published Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

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Wash. man gets 20 years for smothering wife

A man who smothered his wife to death with a pillow and then hid her body under a bed has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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In some states he would have been put on death row. Let's see, pre-meditated murder... MORE

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SEATTLE —

A man who smothered his wife to death with a pillow and then hid her body under a bed has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The sentence for Kevin S. O'Leary was five years longer than prosecutors were seeking. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik noted that O'Leary showed "special callousness" toward the victim, her children and her grandchildren, and that he had previously been convicted of negligent homicide in 1981, after he killed two of his passengers in a drunk-driving crash in Skagit County.

Federal prosecutors handled the case because it occurred on the Lummi Indian Reservation near Bellingham. O'Leary is a member of the Swinomish tribe and lived with his wife, Valerie Jefferson, on Lummi land.

O'Leary admitted that he smothered his wife with a pillow last June during an argument about an affair he had several years ago.

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